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Updating the Dired Buffer
This section describes commands to update the Dired buffer to reflect
outside (non-Dired) changes in the directories and files, and to delete
part of the Dired buffer.
Update the entire contents of the Dired buffer (`revert-buffer').
Update the specified files (`dired-do-redisplay').
Delete the specified *file lines*--not the files, just the lines
Type `g' (`revert-buffer') to update the contents of the Dired
buffer, based on changes in the files and directories listed. This
preserves all marks except for those on files that have vanished.
Hidden subdirectories are updated but remain hidden.
To update only some of the files, type `l' (`dired-do-redisplay').
This command applies to the next N files, or to the marked files if
any, or to the current file. Updating them means reading their current
status from the file system and changing the buffer to reflect it
If you use `l' on a subdirectory header line, it updates the
contents of the corresponding subdirectory.
To delete the specified *file lines*--not the files, just the
lines--type `k' (`dired-do-kill-lines'). This command applies to the
next N files, or to the marked files if any, or to the current file.
If you kill the line for a file that is a directory, the directory's
contents are also deleted from the buffer. Typing `C-u k' on the
header line for a subdirectory is another way to delete a subdirectory
from the Dired buffer.
The `g' command brings back any individual lines that you have
killed in this way, but not subdirectories--you must use `i' to
reinsert each subdirectory.
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