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Re: [Help-bash] Why is c-w not bound to kill-region by default

From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: [Help-bash] Why is c-w not bound to kill-region by default
Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2019 08:53:46 -0400
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On 6/8/19 8:08 AM, Thomas Meyer wrote:
> Hi,
> I tried to figure this out in the git history but the c-w binding seems
> to be really old for unix-word-rubout.
> Wouldn't a default binding to kill-region make more sense in regards to
> emacs default bindings? Or are there other reasons for having this default?

C-w is the historical Unix stty binding for `werase' (delete the previous
word). The least surprising binding is the one users are accustomed to.
You won't find anything about it in git because the default binding long
predates git -- it was there back in 1988-1989.

``The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne.'' - Chaucer
                 ``Ars longa, vita brevis'' - Hippocrates
Chet Ramey, UTech, CWRU    address@hidden

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