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Using "Virtual Dired" means putting a buffer with Dired-like
contents in Dired mode. The files described by the buffer contents need
not actually exist. This is useful if you want to peruse an `ls -lR'
output file, for example one you got from an FTP server. You can use
all motion commands usually available in Tree Dired. You can also use
it to save a Dired buffer in a file and resume it in a later session.
Type `M-x dired-virtual' to put the current buffer into virtual
Dired mode. You will be prompted for the top level directory of this
buffer, with a default value guessed from the buffer contents. To
convert the virtual to a real Dired buffer again, type `g' (which calls
`dired-virtual-revert') in the virtual Dired buffer and answer `y'.
You don't have to do this, though: you can relist single subdirectories
using `l' (`dired-do-redisplay') on the subdirectory headerline,
leaving the buffer in virtual Dired mode all the time.
The function `dired-virtual-mode' is specially designed to turn on
virtual Dired mode from the `auto-mode-alist'. To automatically edit
all `*.dired' files in virtual Dired mode, put this into your
(setq auto-mode-alist (cons '("[^/]\\.dired$" . dired-virtual-mode)
The regexp is a bit more complicated than usual to exclude ".dired"
local variable files.
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