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Re: w32 issues

From: Jason Rumney
Subject: Re: w32 issues
Date: Sun, 20 Jan 2008 22:07:28 +0000
User-agent: Thunderbird (Windows/20071031)

Eli Zaretskii wrote:
You mean that printing is broken?  I don't agree with your wording,
but I have no objections to saying something like "Emacs will hang if
the user tries to print to a port that has no printer device connected
to it."

Since that issue is a Windows problem, and unfixable in Emacs AFAIK, I think the problem to put in FOR-RELEASE is that the DEFAULT setting for printer-name on windows is a port that in 2008, will not be connected to a printer for probably more than 90% of users.

I am confused by all the code we have for printing these days. There is a function default-printer-name, which would seem to offer a big improvement on what we have now. It is used in dos-w32.el in functions called from printing.el, but the code in printing.el does not seem to be involved in the standard ps-print-* or print-* commands.

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