(dired.info)Dired Local Variables
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Local Variables for Dired Directories
When Dired visits a directory, it looks for a file whose name is the
value of variable `dired-local-variables-file' (default: `.dired'). If
such a file is found, Dired will temporarily insert it into the Dired
buffer and run `hack-local-variables'. *Note Local Variables in Files:
(emacs)File Variables. You can set `dired-local-variables-file' to
`nil' to suppress this.
For example, put
dired-sort-mode: " by date"
into a `.dired' file of a directory to sort by date only in that
directory. Note that since `dired-hack-local-variables' is run inside
`dired-mode-hook' the modeline has already been set, so you have to
update that for yourself by setting `dired-sort-mode' in addition to
changing the switches.
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