3 Omitting Files in Dired
Omitting a file means removing it from the directory listing. Omitting
is useful for keeping Dired buffers free of “uninteresting” files (for
instance, auto-save, auxiliary, backup, and revision control files) so that
the user can concentrate on the interesting files. Like hidden files, omitted
files are never seen by Dired. Omitting differs from hiding in several
- Omitting works on individual files, not on directories; an entire directory
cannot be omitted (though each of its files could be).
- Omitting is wholesale; if omitting is turned on for a Dired buffer, then all
uninteresting files listed in that buffer are omitted. The user does not omit
(or unomit) files one at a time.
- Omitting can be automatic; uninteresting file lines in the buffer can be
removed before the user ever sees them.
- Marked files are never omitted.
- C-x M-o ¶
dired-omit-mode) Toggle between displaying and omitting
- * O ¶
dired-mark-omitted) Mark “uninteresting” files.
In order to make Dired Omit work you need to load dired-x
after loading dired (see Installation) and then evaluate
(dired-omit-mode 1) in some way (see Omitting Variables).