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bug#17401: 24.4.50; Narrow to {region,page,defun} in an indirect clone b

From: Lennart Borgman
Subject: bug#17401: 24.4.50; Narrow to {region,page,defun} in an indirect clone buffer in the other window
Date: Thu, 8 May 2014 02:05:33 +0200

Here is my current version (which I think perhaps Phil can make something better of):

(defun narrow-to-region-indirect (start end here name-suffix)
  "Restrict editing in this buffer to the current region, indirectly."
  (interactive (list (region-beginning) (region-end) (region-beginning) ""))
  (let ((posdiff (- here start))
        (name (buffer-name))
        (line name-suffix))
      (goto-char start)
      (while (and (not (eobp)) (string= line ""))
        (setq line (buffer-substring-no-properties (point-at-bol) (point-at-eol)))
        (setq line (replace-regexp-in-string "^\s+\\|\s+$" "" line))
    (let* ((bn (concat name " <" line ">"))
           (buf (clone-indirect-buffer bn nil)))
      (with-current-buffer buf
        (narrow-to-region start end)
        (goto-char start)
        (forward-char posdiff))
      (switch-to-buffer buf))))

(defun narrow-to-defun-indirect ()
  "Restrict editing in this buffer to the current function, indirectly."
  (require 'which-func)
  (let ((here (point))
        (suffix (which-function)))
    (narrow-to-region-indirect (region-beginning) (region-end) here suffix)))

On Sun, May 4, 2014 at 12:38 PM, Phil Sainty <address@hidden> wrote:
I encountered a blog post by Zane Ashby detailing this idea, and it
was one of those "why did I never think of that?" moments, because
I was doing this manually on a regular basis.


That post provides a function which creates a indirect clone of
the current buffer, and narrows to the marked region in that, so
that you have both the original un-narrowed buffer and the narrowed
indirect clone available simultaneously.

This is incredibly useful, and it seems like an obvious contender
for standard functionality in Emacs.

I'm attaching a patch which uses that approach to implement the
following functions and bindings:

C-x 4 n n: narrow-to-region-indirect-other-window
C-x 4 n p: narrow-to-page-indirect-other-window
C-x 4 n d: narrow-to-defun-indirect-other-window

It's still essentially Zane's code, so I've confirmed that he's
happy for me to send this, and am CCing this to him.


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