Using org-copy-visible in dired

[James Dyer] : Jan 15, 2023 : 203 words
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Just a quick one.

Often it seems I need a copy of a list of files / directories in plain text without any gubbins such as a path, permissions, date and all those shenanigans, basically basenaming; for example:

So how can I achieve this in emacs? I would really prefer to use dired somehow rather than shell / ls (which was my first thought)

Below is my typical dired listing:

drwxr-xr-x  4 4.0K Jan 15 19:35 Backup
drwxr-xr-x  3 4.0K Jan 14 19:33 Camera
drwxr-xr-x 22 4.0K Jan 15 19:01 content
-rw-r--r--  1   65 Dec 31 16:34 .directory

Rectangle marking first came to mind but the paste seems to have a weird format and strangely inserts the text.

So I came up with the following process:

In dired, select ’(’ dired-hide-details-mode which toggles off all the details and gives:


This looks very promising and surely a simple M-w (kill-ring-save) will work?. It doesn’t work. It still copies the full details :(

However if org-copy-visible is used it does the same as in org mode in that it only copies the visible parts of the region. I had no idea that functions from one mode can be used in another!