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Re: How to use dired to return a file or directory name

From: Thorsten Jolitz
Subject: Re: How to use dired to return a file or directory name
Date: Thu, 26 Jun 2014 00:19:01 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.3 (gnu/linux)

Tim Johnson <address@hidden> writes:

> Greetings :
> Using :
> GNU Emacs 24.3.1 (x86_64-pc-linux-gnu, GTK+ Version 3.4.2)
> on Ubuntu 12.04
> I'd like to be able to use dired (or something similar) to 
> select a directory name or a desktop name.
> 1)Dired shows directories only
>   Some action or command closes the dired buffer and returns a
>   selected directory name as a string.
> 2)Dired shows directories and a filtered file list - example
>   "*.emacs.desktop" and some action or command returns a selected
>   file name as a string.
> Feel free to point me to URLs or to help commands.

Not sure if I understand the question correctly, but inside dired

,----[ C-h f dired-copy-filename-as-kill RET ]
| dired-copy-filename-as-kill is an interactive compiled Lisp function
| in `dired.el'.
| (dired-copy-filename-as-kill &optional ARG)
| Copy names of marked (or next ARG) files into the kill ring.
| The names are separated by a space.
| With a zero prefix arg, use the absolute file name of each marked file.
| With C-u, use the file name relative to the dired buffer's
| `default-directory'.  (This still may contain slashes if in a subdirectory.)
| If on a subdir headerline, use absolute subdirname instead;
| prefix arg and marked files are ignored in this case.
| You can then feed the file name(s) to other commands with C-y.
| [back]

with and without zero prefix arg is very useful, I have it bound to
'w', so I type either 'w' or '0 w' to get file/dir names.


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