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Bug 90193 - M-<, M-> don't set mark?
M-<, M-> don't set mark?
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: emacs (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Jens Petersen
Jay Turner
: 102441 (view as bug list)
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Reported: 2003-05-05 05:35 EDT by Jonathan Kamens
Modified: 2015-01-07 19:04 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2004-04-15 11:02:53 EDT
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Description Jonathan Kamens 2003-05-05 05:35:04 EDT
With emacs-21.3-3, if I start emacs, type some text, type M-<, and then type
C-w, it beeps and says, "The mark is not active now."  This behavior was not
present in emacs-21.3-1.  I traced it to the fact that transient-mark-mode is
set to true in default.el.

Perhaps this is a bug in transient-mark-mode; the description of the variable
certainly doesn't imply that this behavior should occur.  In this case, I
suppose you should report it upstream.

Independent of that, I don't think it's appropriate for Red Hat to set
transient-mark-mode in default.el.  It's a personal user preference, and I
believe the default should be left as shipped by the FSF.
Comment 1 Jens Petersen 2003-05-07 08:51:35 EDT
The behaviour is better documented in the emacs info manual.

However I agree forcing this on old users is perhaps not right.
I can either move it back into "/etc/skel/.emacs" and make it a
defvar instead so that it is easy for experienced users to override
it in their own .emacs file.
Comment 2 Jens Petersen 2003-05-07 08:59:47 EDT
I meant "... OR make it a defvar..."
Comment 3 Jens Petersen 2003-05-19 23:59:50 EDT
Btw if you don't want to use the settings in "default.el" you know you
can also set "(setq inhibit-default-init t)" in your .emacs file.
Comment 4 Jens Petersen 2004-01-14 20:29:47 EST
In emacs-21.3-8 I commenting out transient-mark-mode
in the .emacs skel file too.
Comment 5 Jens Petersen 2004-04-15 11:01:40 EDT
*** Bug 102441 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

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