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Re: How to copy the text in the minibuffer


From: Decebal
Subject: Re: How to copy the text in the minibuffer
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2009 02:43:43 -0800 (PST)
User-agent: G2/1.0

On Jan 15, 8:11 pm, "Drew Adams" <address@hidden> wrote:
> > > Sometimes I have some text in the minibuffer that I would like to
> > > copy, to paste it somewhere else. Is this possible?
>
> > There may well be better answers but I often retrieve that sort of
> > stuff buy switching to *Messages* buffer where most stuff that appears
> > in minibuffer is also written and be copied normally.
>
> There is likely some confusion here between the minibuffer and the echo area.
> These two critters occupy the same space (but not at the same time).
>
> The echo area is used only for output - messages to you from Emacs.
>
> The minibuffer is used for input. Sometimes Emacs also puts an informational
> message there to accompany your input - for example "[No match]" during input
> completion.
>
> You can copy text from the minibuffer in the normal way. (You can even copy 
> text
> from the minibuffer prompt, if you need to.)
>
> You cannot copy text (messages) from the echo area. There is really no way for
> you to "get into" the echo area - it is for output only. But, as Harry
> indicated, you can copy the same message from buffer *Messages*, where it is
> logged.

I mend the echo area. (I was confused.) And I saw it reproduced in the
*Messages* buffer. Thanks.


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