(dired.info)Commands That Do Not Use Marks


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Commands That Do Not Use Marks
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These are commands that visit files.  *Note Visiting Files:
(emacs)Visiting.

`f'
     (`dired-advertised-find-file') Visits the file described on the
     current line.  It is just like typing `C-x C-f' and supplying that
     file name.  If the file on this line is a subdirectory, `f'
     actually causes Dired to be invoked on that subdirectory.

`o'
     (`dired-find-file-other-window') Like `f', but uses another window
     to display the file's buffer.  The Dired buffer remains visible in
     the first window.  This is like using `C-x 4 C-f' to visit the
     file.  Note: Multiple Windows.

`v'
     (`dired-view-file') Views the file described on this line using
     `M-x view-file'.  Viewing a file is like visiting it, but is
     slanted toward moving around in the file conveniently and does not
     allow changing the file.  Note: View File.
     Viewing a file that is a directory goes to its headerline if it is
     in this buffer.  Otherwise, it is displayed in another buffer.

Commands to diff a file:

`D'
     (`dired-diff') Compare file at point with another file (default:
     file at mark), by running the system command `diff'.  The other
     file is the first file given to `diff'.

`M-~'
     (`dired-backup-diff') Diff this file with its backup file.  Uses
     the latest backup, if there are several numerical backups.  If
     this file is a backup, diff it with its original.  The backup file
     is the first file given to `diff'.

Other commands:

`+'
     (`dired-create-directory') Create a directory.

`W'
     (`dired-why') Pop up a buffer with error log output from Dired.
     All mark-using commands log errors there.  (Standard error from
     shell commands cannot be logged separately, it goes into the usual
     shell command output buffer.)  A group of errors from a single
     command ends with a formfeed, so that you can use `C-x ['
     (`backward-page') to find the beginning of new error logs that are
     reported by a command.


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