GNU Emacs Manual. Node: Dired

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Chapter 26: Dired, the Directory Editor

Dired makes an Emacs buffer containing a listing of a directory, and optionally some of its subdirectories as well. You can use the normal Emacs commands to move around in this buffer, and special Dired commands to operate on the files listed.

  • Enter How to invoke Dired.
  • Commands Commands in the Dired buffer.
  • Deletion Deleting files with Dired.
  • Flagging Many Files Flagging files based on their names.
  • Visit Other file operations through Dired.
  • Marks vs Flags Flagging for deletion vs marking.
  • Operating on Files How to copy, rename, print, compress, etc. either one file or several files.
  • Shell Commands in Dired Running a shell command on the marked files.
  • Transforming File Names Using patterns to rename multiple files.
  • Comparison in Dired Running `diff' by way of Dired.
  • Subdirectories in Dired Adding subdirectories to the Dired buffer.
  • Subdirectory Motion Moving across subdirectories, and up and down.
  • Hiding Subdirectories Making subdirectories visible or invisible.
  • Updating Discarding lines for files of no interest.
  • Find Using `find' to choose the files for Dired.
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