Having mostly switched to Emacs, I still sorely miss the dired mode of XEmacs.

As far as I can tell, XEmacs' dired started from dired-x (not Emacs' dired) many years ago and then drifted away, so I guess that dired-x (that now has drifted away from the dired-x of many years ago as well) plus a number of extra packages and/or customizations may eventually lead to a partially satisfactory solution.

I hope that (a part of) all this hassle can be avoided using some ready-made fix, so my question is,

is there a port of the Xemacs' dired, or at least a partial port, for Emacs 24.x?


PS: my question, despite the previous title that was a little misleading, does not concern customizing specific aspects of dired but is about a ready-made mode that mimics XEmacs' dired. In this respect I don't feel like giving a detailed list of differences between the implementations, at least for now --- I may change my mind if no answers will show up...

  • Can you please add explanation and screenshots of what's "XEmacs dired" is to your question? Jul 25, 2016 at 11:22
  • I have edited my question (and its title) to clarify my point of view on the problem. I have to say that, for the while, I don't think a list of differences may help with my question. Thank you for showing me one of the defects of my question,
    – gboffi
    Jul 25, 2016 at 12:01
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    Even with the edit you made, I do not think any potential helper can help you if they do not know what "behaves like XEmacs dired" means. It is important for a question poster to put in some effort to formulate a good question. Check out M-x dired in GNU Emacs, have a read of this feature in this manual, and then you can report back on the features it's missing compared to the XEmacs dired version. Jul 25, 2016 at 12:06
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    Well other ex-XEmacs users are "potential helpers" who may very well not need any additional information. I presume that is what gboffi is counting on (as everyone else is likely to ignore this question).
    – phils
    Jul 25, 2016 at 12:17
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    The question is unclear and too broad. If you ask about how to emulate a specific feature from XEmacs Dired, you might get some help. Otherwise, I doubt it. Of course, you can still use XEmacs.
    – Drew
    Jul 25, 2016 at 14:12

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I'm pretty sure the answer is no.

You'll be better off asking for the specific features/behaviors you miss.

  • Thank you Stefan, I will start on my own and come back to ESE when in trouble.
    – gboffi
    Jul 26, 2016 at 14:31
  • @gboffi: It'd be nice if you do it in a separate file which you can then distribute as something like xemacs-dired.el, so that you end up making my answer invalid.
    – Stefan
    Jul 26, 2016 at 14:35
  • I will try. If I'll get something even vaguely useful I'm going to post an answer to my own question. Thank you for trying to motivate me, it's tough stuff but you made a nice attempt!
    – gboffi
    Jul 26, 2016 at 14:47

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