emacs / lisp / misc.el

;;; misc.el --- basic editing commands for Emacs

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;;; Code:

(defun copy-from-above-command (&optional arg)
  "Copy characters from previous nonblank line, starting just above point.
Copy ARG characters, but not past the end of that line.
If no argument given, copy the entire rest of the line.
The characters copied are inserted in the buffer before point."
  (interactive "P")
  (let ((cc (current-column))
	(string ""))
      (backward-char 1)
      (skip-chars-backward "\ \t\n")
      (move-to-column cc)
      ;; Default is enough to copy the whole rest of the line.
      (setq n (if arg (prefix-numeric-value arg) (point-max)))
      ;; If current column winds up in middle of a tab,
      ;; copy appropriate number of "virtual" space chars.
      (if (< cc (current-column))
	  (if (= (preceding-char) ?\t)
		(setq string (make-string (min n (- (current-column) cc)) ?\ ))
		(setq n (- n (min n (- (current-column) cc)))))
	    ;; In middle of ctl char => copy that whole char.
	    (backward-char 1)))
      (setq string (concat string
			    (min (save-excursion (end-of-line) (point))
				 (+ n (point)))))))
    (insert string)))

;;; misc.el ends here
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