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Feature idea: Merge bookmarks and find-file #813

justbur opened this Issue Dec 1, 2016 · 3 comments


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justbur commented Dec 1, 2016

I don't like to have too many bookmarks so I usually bookmark the directory of the relevant projects I'm working on. This means that I typically use counsel-bookmark then drop into dired and open a file from there. What would make sense to me and I think be a nice feature would be if in another command you could bring up a list of bookmarks but selecting a bookmark that represents a directory would immediately start a find-file session. So it's as if the bookmarks make up a virtual directory that are a starting point for find-file. Does that make sense and what do you think?


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manuel-uberti commented Dec 2, 2016

This sounds great to me, as I bookmark directories too.


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justbur commented Dec 2, 2016

A simple way to do this would just be to have counsel-find-file be the action that applies to directories, but I was thinking it would be interesting to be able to return to the list of bookmarks without exiting ivy as if it is really a directory of symlinks (or something like that).


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joedicastro commented Dec 2, 2016

I think that it would be best to have a separate command to do that, like counsel-grep-or-swiper, thus something like counsel-find-file-or-bookmarks and keep the original counsel-find-file to those that do not to prefer to have both things together. I think that's a good idea, BTW.

Edit: Seems that the first time I read the issue I misinterpreted it, my fault, but after saw the pull request I realize what you really wanted. Still think that's a good idea. 👍

justbur added a commit to justbur/swiper that referenced this issue Dec 5, 2016

counsel.el (counsel-bookmark-avoid-dired): Add
When non-nil and a directory is selected from counsel-bookmark, forward the
choice to counsel-find-file instead of opening a dired buffer.

Fixes abo-abo#813

@abo-abo abo-abo closed this in #816 Dec 5, 2016

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