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Re: Use text in emacs buffer to populate command window


From: Jambunathan K
Subject: Re: Use text in emacs buffer to populate command window
Date: Tue, 19 Feb 2013 00:13:06 +0530
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.3.50 (gnu/linux)

Jambunathan K <address@hidden> writes:

> acomber <address@hidden> writes:
>
>> eg I use m-x highlight-regexp I want to also grab the
>> text under the cursor.  How do I do that?  
>
> Have you tried M-n when you see the prompt?
>
> This is some command most don't know about or don't use when
> prompted. (I know I shouldn't be talking for others) When Emacs prompts
> for something in the minibuffer, it almost always provides NOT A SINGLE
> DEFAULT BUT MULTIPLE DEFAULTS.  And you can run through the other
> defaults using M-n.
>
> When I highlight, I almost always highlight the "thing" at point.
> highlight-regepx provides (car regexp-history).  This option baffles and
> and I cannot simply relate to how this default could be a useful
> default.  

I think I should go to bed now.  My stream of consciousness is drifting
and is now flowing in to the dreams :-). Read the above paragraph as
below.

When I highlight, I almost always highlight the "thing" at point.
highlight-regepx provides (car regexp-history) as the first default.
This choice of default baffles me. (I hate Isearch and stay away from
regexp search as much as possible) and I cannot simply relate to how
this default could be a useful default.

>
> I would like to change this behaviour.  This is one of my pet peeves.
> It is in my list of things to do wrt highlight-regexp.  In Emacs 24.4,
> there is a way to highlight symbol at point in a easy way.  This most
> likely suffices for highlighting the word at point also.  May be I will
> add word at point to the defaults.

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