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bug#8180: 24.0.50; verbose, confusing y-or-n-p prompts in `find-file-no-


From: Lars Ingebrigtsen
Subject: bug#8180: 24.0.50; verbose, confusing y-or-n-p prompts in `find-file-no-select'
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 12:14:49 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/25.1.50 (gnu/linux)

"Drew Adams" <address@hidden> writes:

> There are several `y-or-n-p' prompts in `find-file-no-select' that are
> very long (e.g. 6 lines!) and confusing.  Some other (alternative)
> user interaction should be found for this.  Either just a short prompt
> or, if it is important to convey some background info, then also pop
> up an informative window for that.  But do not try to provide such
> info in the prompt.

[...]

> "The file maybe-a-very-long-file-name.jpg is already visited literally,
> meaning no coding system decoding, format conversion, or local variables.
> You have asked to visit it normally,
> but Emacs can only visit a file in one way at a time.
>
> Do you want to revisit the file normally now? (y or n) "
>
> That is _ridiculously_ long and confusing.  It is horribly user
> unfriendly.  `find-file-noselect' is now filled to the gills with such
> gobbledygook prompts, each more twisted and verbose than the next.

`find-file-no-select' doesn't exist, and `find-file-noselect' isn't a
command...  Are you referring to `find-file-literally'?

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