I am looking to open a full path as fast as possible.Using ido-find-file makes it difficult. When I apply ido-find-file, following line show up.

Find file: ~/folder/work

Here I have a full path(ex: /home/user/folder_1/work/file.py) and I want to open it.

In helm-find-files I can do C-a , C-k and paste the full path and enter to open it. But in ido-find-file, C-a does not jump to beginning of the line. Also when I remove everything / at the beginning remains, so pasting full path causes: //home/user/folder_1/work/file.py

When I play around, I found out C-e opens [EDIT] section and I can do C-a, C-k and paste full line. Than enter does not open the file right away, it jumps to ido selection menu and I have to press enter again. Maybe can it open the file right away on the EDIT section.

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  • Try additional C-f (open file with C-x C-f C-f), then C-a and C-k will work as usual.
    – Y. E.
    Sep 13, 2021 at 15:04
  • @Y.E. Thanks, it is excatly what I was looking for! Is it possible to make C-x C-f to run C-x C-f C-f?
    – alper
    Sep 13, 2021 at 18:47

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I'm turning my own comment and answer to the follow-up question into this post.

ido-mode, among other things, remaps Emacs default key binding C-x C-f (M-x find-file) to its own function for files opening M-x ido-find-file.

With all the conveniences provided by ido-find-file, there're still cases when this function "gets in the way". One of such cases you had described.

To overcome such obstacles, ido-mode allows to fallback to the Emacs default (non-Ido) find-file, by hitting additional C-f. Hence, the full key binding for opening a file with find-file when ido-mode is enabled would be C-x C-f C-f.

Note, that you could achieve the same result by calling M-x find-file directly (without a key binding).

To learn more about the bindings for falling back (and other, as they call it, "magic" actions) in ido-mode see C-h f ido-magic-(forward|backward|delete)-char.

Answering your comment

Is it possible to make C-x C-f to run C-x C-f C-f?

supposedly it's more clear now this, kind of, wouldn't make sense with enabled ido-mode. I'd suggest using one of the methods described above or disabling ido-mode when you don't need it.

  • I am not sure why but on my end M-x find-file does not open the same fallback when I do C-x C-f C-f :-( // Please see my ido-setup: gist.github.com/avatar-lavventura/…
    – alper
    Sep 14, 2021 at 8:59
  • Hm, I don't know. Might be take a look at ido-everywhere and C-h f find-file. And then, if that shows nothing interesting, start with emacs -Q and add settings one by one. Let know if you find the cause ;-)
    – Y. E.
    Sep 14, 2021 at 10:09
  • Ah, and note there might be discrepancies in our experiences according to the Emacs version used. (I'm on the (almost) latest source.). In my setup I currently only configure for ido (setq ido-default-file-method 'selected-window ido-default-buffer-method 'selected-window). So starting debugging with the ido default configs might give some results too.
    – Y. E.
    Sep 14, 2021 at 10:17
  • We need to add (require 'ido) before (setq ido..., right?
    – alper
    Sep 14, 2021 at 13:19
  • Yes, sure, that would be a preferred way (I omitted it from the snippet I sent before). Though ido is a built-in package in the most recent Emacs versions, so, technically, it should be loaded even without explicitly requiring it (in those versions). We'd also need (ido-mode 1) to switch the mode on.
    – Y. E.
    Sep 15, 2021 at 6:11

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