(emacs)Subdirectories in Dired
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Subdirectories in Dired
A Dired buffer displays just one directory in the normal case; but
you can optionally include its subdirectories as well.
The simplest way to include multiple directories in one Dired buffer
is to specify the options `-lR' for running `ls'. (If you give a
numeric argument when you run Dired, then you can specify these options
in the minibuffer.) That produces a recursive directory listing showing
all subdirectories at all levels.
But usually all the subdirectories are too many; usually you will
prefer to include specific subdirectories only. You can do this with
the `i' command:
Insert the contents of a subdirectory later in the buffer.
Use the `i' (`dired-maybe-insert-subdir') command on a line that
describes a file which is a directory. It inserts the contents of
that directory into the same Dired buffer, and moves there.
Inserted subdirectory contents follow the top-level directory of
the Dired buffer, just as they do in `ls -lR' output.
If the subdirectory's contents are already present in the buffer,
the `i' command just moves to it.
In either case, `i' sets the Emacs mark before moving, so `C-x
C-x' takes you back to the old position in the buffer (the line
describing that subdirectory).
Use the `l' command (`dired-do-redisplay') to update the
subdirectory's contents. Use `k' to delete the subdirectory.
Note: Dired Updating.
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