[Arcana] A random emacs question

Aaron S. Hawley aaron.s.hawley at gmail.com
Fri May 9 14:54:57 CDT 2008

On Fri, May 9, 2008 at 2:06 PM, Jim Blandy <jimb at red-bean.com> wrote:
> If all else fails, you can always just type M-x grep in the dired
> buffer and construct an appropriate 'find ... | xargs' thing.  That's
> what I do for any kind of directory tree traversal.

That's what M-x find-grep and M-x rgrep are for.  Their default
behavior have their kinks, but they're pretty handy.

> I've often wanted a keystroke that would let me pull the list of files
> marked in dired into a shell command I'm entering.  Should be easy.
> On Tue, May 6, 2008 at 6:25 AM, Brian Postow <bpostow at gmail.com> wrote:
>> This seems to be the highest concentration of emacs knowledge that I still
>> have access to, so here goes...
>> I know that with dired-do-search I can search within a number of files. Is
>> there a way to do this recursively? so that if a directory is marked it will
>> search in all of the files in that directory? I haven't found a variable to
>> set or an argument to dired-do-search, which is where I would assume the
>> option would be...
>> thanks.
>> Brian
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