Re: A Fistful of Goodies
> I also continue to roam the web in search for
> new ones, and I continue to welcome suggestions.
I've suggested it before ;-)
This code allows you to use C-x C-f normally most of the time, except that
if the requested file doesn't exist, it is checked against a list of
patterns for special paths to search for a file of the same name.
- a file extension of .bib will cause to search the path defined in
$BSTINPUTS or $BIBINPUTS for the file you requested.
- a file extension of .h will cause the /usr/include/ and
/usr/local/include/ directory trees to be searched.
- a file extension of .sty causes a search of TEXINPUTS and of all
directories below /usr/lib/texmf/tex/
- a file extension of .el causes a search of the path set in the
emacs variable load-path.
- If the aboves searches don't return a match, the filename is searched
for using the `locate' command (if available on your system).
- gzip-compressed files (.gz) will also be found by ff-paths if
the package jka-compr is present. If you use some other package,
simply set the ff-paths-gzipped variable to t:
If one file is found, or many files of the same name are found, then the
*completions* buffer is displayed with all possibilities, including the
non-existing path you first provided. Selecting it creates the new
I need to update it to use defcustom, but it's been a reliable package
for me for years.