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Re: dired not loading directory if in buffer with file from that directo


From: Klaus Straubinger
Subject: Re: dired not loading directory if in buffer with file from that directory
Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2001 15:27:20 +0100 (CET)
User-agent: Gnus/5.090003 (Oort Gnus v0.03) Emacs/21.1

address@hidden (Eli Zaretskii) wrote:

> On Thu, 29 Nov 2001, Klaus Straubinger wrote:
>>     Attempting to load a directory with "find-file" does nothing
>>     if performed in a buffer containing a file from that directory.
<snip>
> I think that's a feature, although quite a few users (myself included)
> tend to be surprised by it from time to time ;-)
>
> FWIW, I solve it by using "C-x d" at all times.

Thank you for your suggestion; it works perfectly.

However, I fail to understand why the behaviour of "find-file"
should be a feature. What benefit do you get from the function
actually doing nothing? I even did not find anything about it
in the manual - in the Info node "Visiting files" there is just

    If the file you specify is actually a directory, `C-x C-f' invokes
    Dired, the Emacs directory browser, so that you can "edit" the
    contents of the directory (*note Dired::).

Would you consider to document this special case in the manual
if the behaviour of "find-file" ought not to be changed?

-- 
Klaus Straubinger



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