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RE: C:\_emacs not being read

From: Drew Adams
Subject: RE: C:\_emacs not being read
Date: Sat, 9 Jun 2007 22:08:21 -0700

> > .emacs is the standard name for Emacs's user init file. _emacs has
> > traditionally been additionally supported by the Windows port, because
> > the FAT16 file system was unable to represent the true name, but noone
> > uses FAT16 file systems anymore, and such use is deprecated.
> But if we don't want to support _emacs on Windows anymore, we should
> be consistent and remove it from startup.el as well, and also stop
> mentioning it in the user manual, right?

I agree with that - let's be consistent.

I don't care much about this issue, but is there some reason *not* to also
support _emacs? Even if no one uses FAT16, it's still the case that Windows
considers .emacs to be a file extension - a file of type "EMACS", and other
applications besides Emacs will try to look for a file association for files
with that extension. IOW, why not simply let Windows users use _emacs as
they have been doing for years?

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