emacs / lisp / delsel.el

;;; delsel.el --- delete selection if you insert

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;;   2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 Free Software Foundation, Inc.

;; Author: Matthieu Devin <>
;; Maintainer: FSF
;; Created: 14 Jul 92
;; Keywords: convenience emulations

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;;; Commentary:

;; This file makes the active region be pending delete, meaning that
;; text inserted while the region is active will replace the region contents.
;; This is a popular behavior of personal computers text editors.

;; Interface:

;; Commands which will delete the selection need a 'delete-selection
;; property on their symbols; commands which insert text but don't
;; have this property won't delete the selection.  It can be one of
;; the values:
;;  'yank
;;      For commands which do a yank; ensures the region about to be
;;      deleted isn't yanked.
;;  'supersede
;;      Delete the active region and ignore the current command,
;;      i.e. the command will just delete the region.
;;  'kill
;;      `kill-region' is used on the selection, rather than
;;      `delete-region'.  (Text selected with the mouse will typically
;;      be yankable anyhow.)
;;  non-nil
;;      The normal case: delete the active region prior to executing
;;      the command which will insert replacement text.

;;; Code:

(defalias 'pending-delete-mode 'delete-selection-mode)

(define-minor-mode delete-selection-mode
  "Toggle Delete Selection mode.
With prefix ARG, turn Delete Selection mode on if ARG is
positive, off if ARG is not positive.

When Delete Selection mode is enabled, Transient Mark mode is also
enabled and typed text replaces the selection if the selection is
active.  Otherwise, typed text is just inserted at point regardless of
any selection."
  :global t :group 'editing-basics
  (if (not delete-selection-mode)
      (remove-hook 'pre-command-hook 'delete-selection-pre-hook)
    (add-hook 'pre-command-hook 'delete-selection-pre-hook)
    (transient-mark-mode t)))

(defun delete-active-region (&optional killp)
  (if killp
      (kill-region (point) (mark))
    (delete-region (point) (mark)))

(defun delete-selection-pre-hook ()
  (when (and delete-selection-mode transient-mark-mode mark-active
	     (not buffer-read-only))
    (let ((type (and (symbolp this-command)
		     (get this-command 'delete-selection))))
      (condition-case data
	  (cond ((eq type 'kill)
		 (delete-active-region t))
		((eq type 'yank)
		 ;; Before a yank command, make sure we don't yank the
		 ;; head of the kill-ring that really comes from the
		 ;; currently active region we are going to delete.
		 ;; That would make yank a no-op.
		 (when (and (string= (buffer-substring-no-properties (point) (mark))
				     (car kill-ring))
			    (fboundp 'mouse-region-match)
		   (current-kill 1))
		((eq type 'supersede)
		 (let ((empty-region (= (point) (mark))))
		   (unless empty-region
		     (setq this-command 'ignore))))
		 (if (and overwrite-mode (eq this-command 'self-insert-command))
		   (let ((overwrite-mode nil))
		     (self-insert-command (prefix-numeric-value current-prefix-arg))
		     (setq this-command 'ignore)))))
	 ;; If ask-user-about-supersession-threat signals an error,
	 ;; stop safe_run_hooks from clearing out pre-command-hook.
	 (and (eq inhibit-quit 'pre-command-hook)
	      (setq inhibit-quit 'delete-selection-dummy))
	 (signal 'file-supersession (cdr data)))
	 ;; This signal may come either from `delete-active-region' or
	 ;; `self-insert-command' (when `overwrite-mode' is non-nil).
	 ;; To avoid clearing out `pre-command-hook' we handle this case
	 ;; by issuing a simple message.  Note, however, that we do not
	 ;; handle all related problems: When read-only text ends before
	 ;; the end of the region, the latter is not deleted but any
	 ;; subsequent insertion will succeed.  We could avoid this case
	 ;; by doing a (setq this-command 'ignore) here.  This would,
	 ;; however, still not handle the case where read-only text ends
	 ;; precisely where the region starts: In that case the deletion
	 ;; would succeed but the subsequent insertion would fail with a
	 ;; text-read-only error.  To handle that case we would have to
	 ;; investigate text properties at both ends of the region and
	 ;; skip the deletion when inserting text is forbidden there.
	 (message "Text is read-only") (ding))))))

(put 'self-insert-command 'delete-selection t)
(put 'self-insert-iso 'delete-selection t)

(put 'yank 'delete-selection 'yank)
(put 'clipboard-yank 'delete-selection 'yank)
(put 'insert-register 'delete-selection t)

(put 'delete-backward-char 'delete-selection 'supersede)
(put 'backward-delete-char-untabify 'delete-selection 'supersede)
(put 'delete-char 'delete-selection 'supersede)

(put 'newline-and-indent 'delete-selection t)
(put 'newline 'delete-selection t)
(put 'open-line 'delete-selection 'kill)

;; This is very useful for cancelling a selection in the minibuffer without
;; aborting the minibuffer.
(defun minibuffer-keyboard-quit ()
  "Abort recursive edit.
In Delete Selection mode, if the mark is active, just deactivate it;
then it takes a second \\[keyboard-quit] to abort the minibuffer."
  (if (and delete-selection-mode transient-mark-mode mark-active)
      (setq deactivate-mark t)

(define-key minibuffer-local-map "\C-g" 'minibuffer-keyboard-quit)
(define-key minibuffer-local-ns-map "\C-g" 'minibuffer-keyboard-quit)
(define-key minibuffer-local-completion-map "\C-g" 'minibuffer-keyboard-quit)
(define-key minibuffer-local-must-match-map "\C-g" 'minibuffer-keyboard-quit)
(define-key minibuffer-local-isearch-map "\C-g" 'minibuffer-keyboard-quit)

(defun delsel-unload-function ()
  "Unload the Delete Selection library."
  (define-key minibuffer-local-map "\C-g" 'abort-recursive-edit)
  (define-key minibuffer-local-ns-map "\C-g" 'abort-recursive-edit)
  (define-key minibuffer-local-completion-map "\C-g" 'abort-recursive-edit)
  (define-key minibuffer-local-must-match-map "\C-g" 'abort-recursive-edit)
  (define-key minibuffer-local-isearch-map "\C-g" 'abort-recursive-edit)
  (dolist (sym '(self-insert-command self-insert-iso yank clipboard-yank
		 insert-register delete-backward-char backward-delete-char-untabify
		 delete-char newline-and-indent newline open-line))
    (put sym 'delete-selection nil))
  ;; continue standard unloading

(provide 'delsel)

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