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TorgoX (1933)


"Il est beau comme la retractilité des serres des oiseaux rapaces [...] et surtout, comme la rencontre fortuite sur une table de dissection d'une machine à coudre et d'un parapluie !" -- Lautréamont

Journal of TorgoX (1933)

Saturday January 07, 2006
03:07 AM


[ #28272 ]
Dear Log,

The learning curve for writing Lisp goes around, and up, and into hyperbolic space, and thru a Bathsheba Grossman industrial art piece and then after a decade or two of time spent in rooms with soft walls, you can start to manage basic things.

And so, twelve years after I started using emacs, I can now automate some of my more common tasks.

Back in the days when I had to use PFE under MSWin, the one thing I liked being able to do was that, when I would be running a command line, I could use "%f" in the command line and that would be replaced with the current file's filename.

I found nothing quite so convenient for Emacs. So I wrote it.

With this you can run command lines like "xslbong !! thingywhoozits" and it'll replace "!!" with the current buffer's filename. And incidentally, it'll save the output to a new scratch buffer, instead of the usual functions that just overwrite "*Shell Command Output*".

I'm a sophistatronic programmder!

(I chose "!!" as a string that I just happen never to use in command lines. Change it as you like.)

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  • This would probably be simpler to arrange using defadvice to define some before advice on shell-command. It's similiar to this Perl:

    sub foo {
      print "foo";
    # Later on...
      my $orig = \&foo;
      *foo = sub {
        print "before foo";

    More information on elisp advice [].