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Re: creating a function that works for active region or whole buffer


From: Barry Margolin
Subject: Re: creating a function that works for active region or whole buffer
Date: Tue, 22 Jan 2013 14:57:20 -0500
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In article <address@hidden>,
 "Ludwig, Mark" <address@hidden> wrote:

> > From: Le Wang
> > Sent: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 10:02 AM
> > To: Luca Ferrari
> > Cc: help-gnu-emacs
> > Subject: Re: creating a function that works for active region or whole 
> > buffer
> > 
> > On Tue, Jan 22, 2013 at 7:20 PM, Luca Ferrari <address@hidden> 
> > wrote:
> > > Hi all,
> > > I'd like to write a function that can be invoked when a region is
> > > active, and therefore is limited to the region itself, or on the whole
> > > buffer if not any region is active. Therefore in my function I placed
> > > the following conditional to set the start-block and end-block lines
> > > to the whole buffer or the whole region:
> > >
> > >
> > > (if (not (null (region-beginning) ) )
> > >           (progn
> > >
> > >             (setq current-block-start-line (line-number-at-pos
> > > (region-beginning) ) )
> > >             (setq current-block-end-line   (line-number-at-pos
> > > (region-end) ) ) )
> > >
> > >                                         ; else mark the whole buffer
> > >         (progn
> > >           (setq current-block-start-line (line-number-at-pos (point-min) 
> > >           ) )
> > >           (setq current-block-end-line   (line-number-at-pos (point-max) 
> > >           ) ) ) )
> > 
> > Don't focus on line numbers, focus on buffer positions.
> 
> Right!
> 
> > > It seems to work, but when I mark a region, that remove the region
> > > (i.e., unmark) and call the function again it seems that the function
> > > has still the region-beginning and region-end marks (i.e., it does not
> > > work on the whole buffer). Is there a smarter way to see if a region
> > > is currently active?
> > 
> > See mark-active-p, use-region-p documentation.
> 
> I recommend just using (point-min) and (point-max) as these work 
> appropriately in and out of a narrowed-region.

Who said anything about narrowing?

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Barry Margolin, address@hidden
Arlington, MA
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