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bug#14979: 24.3; Feature Request: query-replace-backward

From: ben . a
Subject: bug#14979: 24.3; Feature Request: query-replace-backward
Date: Tue, 30 Jul 2013 16:09:26 -0400
User-agent: Notmuch/0.15.2 (http://notmuchmail.org) Emacs/24.3.1 (x86_64-pc-linux-gnu)

Thanks for your interest in my bug report.  The use case I had in mind
was changing a couple of instances of a word backwards from the point.
Typing M-- C-M-% is fewer keystrokes than pressing C-r a few times then
C-M-%.  It is also fewer keystrokes than setting the mark, then moving
through the document to find a proper starting point and finally pressing

The best solution would be if the functions query-replace and
query-replace-regexp are changed so that they step backwards when
receiving a negative argument.

I have come across the website freedomsponsors.org and thought it would
be an interesting experiment to put a prize on fixing this bug.  If
anyone is interested in working on this please visit


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