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Re: A package in a league of its own: Helm

From: Tu, Do
Subject: Re: A package in a league of its own: Helm
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 09:59:54 -0700 (PDT)
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I think helm-find-files is much better than stock ido-find-file or even 
ido-find-file because:

- It has fuzzy matching by default. You have to install flx to get fuzzy 
matching in ido.
- Some people find that Ido horizontal listing is messy, so they create 
`ido-vertical-mode` for cleaner looking. With Helm, you get this by default 
with its interface. If you worry the Helm buffer is a bit big, you can always 
customize its size.
- It has highlighting on candidates depend on types: directory has a color, 
plain file has a color, executable has a color, shell script has a color.
- Depends on what file type your highlighting candidate is, Helm opens it 
appropriately. For example, if you RET on a directory, Helm opens dired; if you 
RET on a file, Helm opens that file. You can also customize the application to 
open the files. Stock find-file at least can open directory; Ido simply can't.
- You can open multiple files with helm-find-files by marking with C-SPC and 
press RET. If you want to everything at current directory, you can use M-a to 
mark all then RET. You can even use wildcard expression like stock find-file
- Helm has a list of actions to apply on your files: checksum file, open file 
externally, switch to eshell, grep, diff...
- Helm is compatible with both Linux and Windows path. Ido can't; you have to 
drop into stock find-file.

Vào 23:49:00 UTC+7 Thứ hai, ngày 01 tháng chín năm 2014, York Zhao đã viết:
> I've been using Helm for many years, and it has been a fundamental part of my
> Emacs system. However, I also don't like `helm-find-file', and I agree ido is
> much better in this. By the way, in `helm-find-file', you may want to try 
> using
> the left arrow to go to the parent directory, not as good as in ido but still
> usable. Having said that, I think other than "find file", helm is great in
> anything else.

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