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AB. Dired, the Directory Editor

Dired makes an Emacs buffer containing a listing of a directory, and optionally some of its subdirectories as well. You can use the normal Emacs commands to move around in this buffer, and special Dired commands to operate on the files listed.

The Dired buffer is "read-only," and inserting text in it is not useful, so ordinary printing characters such as d and x are used for special Dired commands. Some Dired commands mark or flag the current file (that is, the file on the current line); other commands operate on the marked files or on the flagged files.

The Dired-X package provides various extra features for Dired mode. See section `Top' in Dired Extra Version 2 User's Manual.

AB.1 Entering Dired  How to invoke Dired.
AB.2 Navigation in the Dired Buffer  Special motion commands in the Dired buffer.
AB.3 Deleting Files with Dired  Deleting files with Dired.
AB.4 Flagging Many Files at Once  Flagging files based on their names.
AB.5 Visiting Files in Dired  Other file operations through Dired.
AB.6 Dired Marks vs. Flags  Flagging for deletion vs marking.
AB.7 Operating on Files  How to copy, rename, print, compress, etc. either one file or several files.
AB.8 Shell Commands in Dired  Running a shell command on the marked files.
AB.9 Transforming File Names in Dired  Using patterns to rename multiple files.
AB.10 File Comparison with Dired  Running `diff' by way of Dired.
AB.11 Subdirectories in Dired  Adding subdirectories to the Dired buffer.
AB.12 Moving Over Subdirectories  Moving across subdirectories, and up and down.
AB.13 Hiding Subdirectories  Making subdirectories visible or invisible.
AB.14 Updating the Dired Buffer  Discarding lines for files of no interest.
AB.15 Dired and find  Using `find' to choose the files for Dired.

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