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bug#14742: 24.3.50; enhancement request: be able to prepend stuff from b

From: Juri Linkov
Subject: bug#14742: 24.3.50; enhancement request: be able to prepend stuff from buffer when search backward
Date: Wed, 03 Jul 2013 01:39:47 +0300
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.3.50 (x86_64-pc-linux-gnu)

> 2. Just use a name for the position, not the action: e.g. START or
> BEGINNING.  (I would stay away from FRONT & BACK too, as references
> to the search-string ends.  BACK is particularly problematic.)

Then let's use BEGINNING:

=== modified file 'lisp/isearch.el'
--- lisp/isearch.el     2013-06-13 22:08:45 +0000
+++ lisp/isearch.el     2013-07-02 22:35:17 +0000
@@ -1839,7 +1839,7 @@ (defun isearch-delete-char ()
-(defun isearch-del-char (&optional arg)
+(defun isearch-del-char (&optional arg beginning)
   "Delete character from end of search string and search again.
 Unlike `isearch-delete-char', it only deletes the last character,
 but doesn't cancel the effect of other isearch command.
@@ -1847,9 +1847,13 @@ (defun isearch-del-char (&optional arg)
   (interactive "p")
   (if (= 0 (length isearch-string))
-    (setq isearch-string (substring isearch-string 0
-                                   (- (min (or arg 1)
-                                           (length isearch-string))))
+    (setq isearch-string (if beginning
+                            (substring isearch-string
+                                       (min (or arg 1)
+                                            (length isearch-string)))
+                          (substring isearch-string 0
+                                     (- (min (or arg 1)
+                                             (length isearch-string)))))
           isearch-message (mapconcat 'isearch-text-char-description
                                      isearch-string "")))
   ;; Use the isearch-other-end as new starting point to be able
@@ -1858,17 +1862,23 @@ (defun isearch-del-char (&optional arg)
-(defun isearch-yank-string (string)
+(defun isearch-yank-string (string &optional beginning)
   "Pull STRING into search string."
   ;; Downcase the string if not supposed to case-fold yanked strings.
   (if (and isearch-case-fold-search
           (eq 'not-yanks search-upper-case))
       (setq string (downcase string)))
   (if isearch-regexp (setq string (regexp-quote string)))
-  (setq isearch-string (concat isearch-string string)
+  (setq isearch-string (if beginning
+                          (concat string isearch-string)
+                        (concat isearch-string string))
        (concat isearch-message
                (mapconcat 'isearch-text-char-description

> 3. To me, yanking stuff to the beginning is more important than
> deleting stuff from the beginning.  I was thinking either have a
> separate key (or set of keys) that is (are) analogous to the
> yank-at-end key(s) or else just reuse the same keys when searching
> backward.

I have no idea about new keys, but I need this change to implement
yanking/deletion by motion keys (disabled by default).

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