I user dired to browse file, and I would like to use hl-line-mode which highlights the currents line, but I only want it to be enabled automatically when using dired


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That's what hooks are for:

(add-hook 'dired-mode-hook 'hl-line-mode)
  • It worked. Thanks. I'll search more about hooks.
    – user168651
    Apr 14, 2019 at 8:06

(add-hook 'dired-mode-hook 'global-hl-line-mode)

  • Welcome to Emacs SE! Unfortunately, this will turn on hl-mode globally as soon as the user enters a dired buffer for the first time.
    – Dan
    Apr 14, 2019 at 9:22

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