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Re: using variable names as args to interactive functions

From: Daniel Pittman
Subject: Re: using variable names as args to interactive functions
Date: Sat, 12 Jan 2008 14:28:23 +1100
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Stuart <> writes:

> I have some variables which I set at startup with setq. There are a
> bunch of variables that get set. Each is a string representing a
> directory path. I want a function which I can just type the variable
> name and it opens dired with that directory.

You might find it easier to define your paths in the environment, either
before starting Emacs or using `setenv'.

You can then use `find-file' with the environment variable to open
dired, such as:

    M-: (setenv "MYDIR" "/home/daniel/example") ret
    C-x C-f $MYDIR ret

That should open up /home/daniel/example in dired for you.

This substitution works as expected everywhere, too, so you can open
$MYDIR/foobar and have it open a file under that directory...

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