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Here's what I think is a useful one-line change.  If there's an error in
the line editor, including ^G, the line being edited gets copied to the
variable ZLE_LINE_ABORTED.  I'm forever aborting what I'm doing and
realising I need something on the line after all.

You can do this:

recover-line() {
zle -N recover-line

Index: Doc/Zsh/params.yo
RCS file: /cvsroot/zsh/zsh/Doc/Zsh/params.yo,v
retrieving revision 1.60
diff -p -u -r1.60 params.yo
--- Doc/Zsh/params.yo	14 Jun 2010 11:58:26 -0000	1.60
+++ Doc/Zsh/params.yo	7 Sep 2010 10:40:43 -0000
@@ -1448,6 +1448,13 @@ item(tt(ZDOTDIR))(
 The directory to search for shell startup files (.zshrc, etc),
 if not tt($HOME).
+This parameter is set by the line editor when an error occurs.  It
+contains the line that was being edited at the point of the error.
+`tt(print -zr -- $ZLE_LINE_ABORTED)' can be used to recover the line.
+Only the most recent line of this kind is remembered.
Index: Doc/Zsh/zle.yo
RCS file: /cvsroot/zsh/zsh/Doc/Zsh/zle.yo,v
retrieving revision 1.87
diff -p -u -r1.87 zle.yo
--- Doc/Zsh/zle.yo	6 Sep 2010 08:50:05 -0000	1.87
+++ Doc/Zsh/zle.yo	7 Sep 2010 10:40:43 -0000
@@ -2057,7 +2057,8 @@ tindex(send-break)
 item(tt(send-break) (^G ESC-^G) (unbound) (unbound))(
 Abort the current editor function, e.g. tt(execute-named-command), or the
 editor itself, e.g. if you are in tt(vared). Otherwise abort the parsing of
-the current line.
+the current line.  The aborted line is available in the shell variable
 item(tt(run-help) (ESC-H ESC-h) (unbound) (unbound))(
Index: Src/Zle/zle_utils.c
RCS file: /cvsroot/zsh/zsh/Src/Zle/zle_utils.c,v
retrieving revision 1.56
diff -p -u -r1.56 zle_utils.c
--- Src/Zle/zle_utils.c	22 Mar 2010 19:49:07 -0000	1.56
+++ Src/Zle/zle_utils.c	7 Sep 2010 10:40:43 -0000
@@ -967,6 +967,7 @@ showmsg(char const *msg)
 handlefeep(UNUSED(char **args))
+    setsparam("ZLE_LINE_ABORTED", zlegetline(NULL, NULL));
     region_active = 0;
     return 0;

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