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Dired is a special mode for editing directory trees, both local and remote. Thus, it resembles traditional "file managers."

Dired used to be part of the EFS package. Thus, this page supersedes the old EFS homepage.

The mailing list at elisp minus code minus dired at nongnu dot org covers all aspects of Dired. Its administrative interface is at this address.

Current Dired releases

There are two kinds of Dired releases: regular releases and XEmacs package releases:

Regular releases

The regular releases are primarily for users of GNU Emacs. The current version is 7.17, to be found here, here are the release notes. Download, untar, and read the instructions.

XEmacs package releases

XEmacs provides a somewhat more convenient installation mechanism for packages, which is why there is a separate package release. Confusingly, the XEmacs package has a separate version number assigned by the XEmacs package maintainer which looks similar to the official Dired release version number, but is in fact separate. Since currently, Dired development happens primarily on XEmacs, the XEmacs package is usually a bit further advanced than the regular release.

Normally, you don't have to worry about this: simply use the XEmacs package tools to grab the latest release.