[Arcana] Because it just kills me to type C-x b *com TAB RET when I don't really have to.

Karl Fogel kfogel at red-bean.com
Fri Mar 13 01:02:43 CDT 2009

Roland McGrath <roland at frob.com> writes:
> I assume that arcanists grok the scenario to which I was referring
> with that allusion.  That is, I have no idea what any keybindings are.
> Occasionally I can think of what a function is called, and use C-h w.
> Most of the time I have no verbal, visual, or any such kind of
> assocation with an Emacs command.  All I can do is think, "I want a
> compilation," and then watch what my fingers do (or fail to notice and
> then use C-h l).  For common "actions" like "go over there" I really
> have no idea what collection of keystrokes I actually use, and really
> need C-h l to examine the sequence of character, word, sentence, and
> paragraph motion commands, C-u C-u prefixes, and so on that my
> finger-eyeball loop does to achieve the thought "go over there".

I didn't understand that that's what you meant, but that may be because
I'm not sure what these things called "fingers" are.  Personally, I have
half an extensible text editor on the end of each arm.

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