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Re: Cool and Useful LISP for the .emacs file

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Subject: Re: Cool and Useful LISP for the .emacs file
Date: Fri, 07 Nov 2003 04:08:42 -0500
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Dan Anderson wrote:

> I was wondering what other people have in their .emacs file.  I would
> like to challenge everyone to add at least one cool tip / trick to:
> -Dan

As a non-Lisper I've wondered if anyone thinks it might be useful to open up 
a category to include macros. I realize the vast majority are probably too 
personalized to be useful to the next person but I have a few that might be 
handy for beginners as a small drop-in push-button feature.

One is a macro that reads the name of the file in your grep output and calls 
it up. Another will add groups of numbers and put the answer in your file. 
People that are much more technically adept than I am may have some macros 
that are almost magical.

The advantage from this is that someone could just cruise down the list and 
have something they've never thought of that's extremely useful.

This would probably have to be monitored by someone to insure that 
too-specialized macros wouldn't get on the list (say, requiring certain 
files or directories) or malicious macros deleting files from Dired.

There may be severe drawbacks I haven't considered but I'm just tossing it 
out as an idea.


Author of "Linux for Non-Geeks--Clear-eyed Answered for Practical Consumers" 
and "Boring Stories from Uncle Rod." Both are available at

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