kill-region is the usual subroutine for killing text. Any
command that calls this function is a “kill command” (and should
probably have ‘kill’ in its name).
kill-region puts the
newly killed text in a new element at the beginning of the kill ring or
adds it to the most recent element. It determines automatically (using
last-command) whether the previous command was a kill command,
and if so appends the killed text to the most recent entry.
This function kills the text in the region defined by start and
end. The text is deleted but saved in the kill ring, along with
its text properties. The value is always
In an interactive call, start and end are point and the mark.
If the buffer or text is read-only,
kill-region modifies the kill
ring just the same, then signals an error without modifying the buffer.
This is convenient because it lets the user use a series of kill
commands to copy text from a read-only buffer into the kill ring.
If this option is non-
kill-region does not signal an
error if the buffer or text is read-only. Instead, it simply returns,
updating the kill ring but not changing the buffer.
This command saves the region defined by start and end on
the kill ring (including text properties), but does not delete the text
from the buffer. It returns
The command does not set
kill-region, so a
subsequent kill command does not append to the same kill ring entry.
In Lisp programs, it is better to use
kill-append instead of this command. See Low-Level Kill Ring.