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bug#10614: [EXPERIMENTAL PATCH] Extending Isearch-repeat-forward/backwar

From: Juri Linkov
Subject: bug#10614: [EXPERIMENTAL PATCH] Extending Isearch-repeat-forward/backward to support a prefix argument following suggesion by Juri Linkov
Date: Tue, 01 Mar 2016 01:44:52 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/25.0.91 (x86_64-pc-linux-gnu)

>> This experimental patch implements a suggestion by Juri Linkov to
>> extend isearch-repeat-forward/backward to support a prefix
>> argument. Instead of pressing C-s / C-r multiple times it is possible
>> with this patch to enter a prefix argument which runs the command
>> multiple times for you. If a negative argument is given for
>> isearch-repeat-forward then isearch-repeat-backward is run and visa
>> versa. Visual hints are added to the matched strings to help figure
>> out what argument should be given.
> Hm...  I guess I can see why this would be attractive, but I'm a bit
> sceptical.  Numeric prefixes make sense in many instances, but I would
> myself never this "hm, I must repeat the search three times"...  I would
> just hit `C-s' four times instead.  That seems faster and more
> convenient...

What if you need to visit a Nth occurrence where N is larger
than the number of keystrokes with numeric prefixes
(while using isearch for navigation)?

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