Adding text vertically on multiple lines (region)
Ok. Finally a new emacs trick. Actually I had come across this a while back but then I went on a short vacation and later picked up a John Grisham book (one of the hard-to-put-down types) and so the delay.
This one is about adding stuff vertically in a line in the buffer. It might seem to be a bit vague and useless at first but it perfectly fits a problem I face everyday in php-mode.
Now php-mode is not all that great if compared to the rest of the emacs awesomeness.
The problem is that when I try to comment a region, it wraps each line
of the region in block comments ie.
/* */ which looks kind of ugly
and may be objectionable by fellow team members too.
So I started using this command as a work around to comment out a
region in php by prefixing each line with
The way I do this is as follows:
Set the mark at the required position on the starting line (in my case column 0 or the start of the line)
Then move the cursor to the ending line using C-n normally.
C-x r t
String Rectangle : will appear in the mini buffer.
// to comment out each line and press