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Re: find certain files

From: Mark Elston
Subject: Re: find certain files
Date: Tue, 12 Jun 2007 14:05:24 -0700
User-agent: Thunderbird (Windows/20070509)

* Drew Adams wrote (on 6/12/2007 12:54 PM):
I use Ctrl-f to find files in a directory, but...I want to
limit it to certain files...for example, only sas files, *.sas.
If if do Ctrl-f /projects/a/*.sas, it will open all the sas files.
I want to do Ctrl-f /projects/a/, and only display .sas files,
so I can choose one.  How do I do that?

Use Icicles apropos completion:

C-x C-f \.sas$ S-TAB, if the current directory is /projects/a, or

C-x C-f /projects/a/.*\.sas$ S-TAB, otherwise.


I tried this (I have icicles installed) and got the following traceback:

Debugger entered--Lisp error: (error "Bad format environment-variable substitution")
  read-file-name-internal(".*\\.el$" "~/site-lisp-22/" t)
  all-completions(".*\\.el$" read-file-name-internal "~/site-lisp-22/" nil)
  icicle-call-then-update-Completions(self-insert-command 1)
old-read-file-name(#("+ File or directory: " 0 1 nil 1 2 (face icicle-completing-prompt-prefix) 2 3 nil 3 22 (face minibuffer-prompt)) nil "~/" nil nil nil) byte-code(<...> [icicle-prompt dir default-filename require-match initial-input predicate old-read-file-name] 7)] 2)
  read-file-name("File or directory: " nil "~/" nil nil nil)
byte-code(<...> [emacs-major-version major-mode default-directory icicle-find-file-w-wildcards 21 read-file-name "File or directory: " nil dired-mode fboundp diredp-find-a-file (byte-code <...> [abbreviate-file-name dired-get-file-for-visit] 2) ((error default-directory))] 8)

This was while trying to open a number of files in a subdirectory.
I did

    C-x C-f /site-lisp-22/.*\.el$

and, before I got the chance to try the S-tab I got the above traceback.

It seems to work OK with files in the current directory, though.

This is NT Emacs with icicles Version 22.


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