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Re: Etymology of `visiting' files


From: Narendra Joshi
Subject: Re: Etymology of `visiting' files
Date: Mon, 8 Aug 2016 18:07:22 +0530

I think it's a buffer visiting the file. The buffer is the guest. Thanks
for this perspective. :-)

Narendra Joshi
On 8 Aug 2016 16:28, "Pascal J. Bourguignon" <address@hidden> wrote:

> Udyant Wig <address@hidden> writes:
>
> > What motivated the choice of the verb `visiting'?
> >
> > From reading some of the relevant section in the Emacs and Elisp
> > manuals, I understand the process the verb names.  However, I wanted to
> > find some reasoning or discussion about the choice of verb; my own
> > expectation would have been something like `edit' or `load', but that
> > would be looking through the lens provided by recent editing systems.
>
> When you visit a friend's home, you enter it, you can look around, and
> you may touch and change something (move a vase from the table to the
> console) or not, and then leave the house.
>
> Same with files.
>
> visit = (or edit load)
>
> edit implies some mutation.
> load implies no mutation.
>
> When you visit, you can do either.
>
> --
> __Pascal Bourguignon__                 http://www.informatimago.com/
> “The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a
> dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to
> keep the man from touching the equipment.” -- Carl Bass CEO Autodesk
>


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