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I'm working on several files in sequence and want to build a buffer of file names to log my progress.

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This is the first time I've seen Emacs use "copy" internally, rather than "yank".

dired-copy-filename-as-kill

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    It does not use copy instead of yank. It copies text to the kill-ring, as if you had killed it - the same thing it does for M-w and copy-region-as-kill.
    – Drew
    Commented Mar 25, 2016 at 23:30
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    Upvoted for the command (but Drew is right -- copying and yanking are different, and copy-*-as-kill is a naming scheme used by a number of commands), but also noting that it's unfortunately not as useful as it should be for multiple marked files, as it leaves them on a single line, unquoted, and space-separated, meaning that you can't actually tell what the filenames are unless you know for certain that none of them contain spaces. You can easily fix that with a modified copy of the function, but this is probably worth raising a bug report/feature request about.
    – phils
    Commented Mar 25, 2016 at 23:45
  • Emacs always uses yank in "pasting" reference.. imagine yanking text off the kill-ring and putting it into the buffer. Commented Mar 26, 2016 at 0:13

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