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Re: directory-sep-char

From: Andrew Choi
Subject: Re: directory-sep-char
Date: 26 Nov 2001 08:29:11 +0800
User-agent: Gnus/5.09 (Gnus v5.9.0) Emacs/21.1

Jason Rumney <address@hidden> writes:

> "Stefan Monnier" <monnier+gnu/address@hidden> writes:
> > I guess the question boils down to:
> > Should we keep the current "sometimes display / sometimes something else"
> > or should we just stop trying to display native paths or should we
> > strive to display paths in native form as much as possible ?
> Personally I think inconsistency is likely to lead to bug reports.
> Since we have already decided that we cannot afford the effort of
> ensuring that directory-sep-char is used everywhere it needs to be, I
> think that only leaves the option to stop trying to display native
> paths. The only thing I am not sure of is whether '/' is a valid
> character in Mac paths. If it is, that could be a good reason for
> keeping directory-sep-char and making the effort to consistently use
> it.

'/' is a valid character in Mac OS file and directory names.  ':' is
used as separator so the emulation code exchanges ':' for '/' and vice
versa.  So on the Mac OS, Emacs still thinks it's using '/' as
separator and displays pathnames in Unix style.  So that's not an

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