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Re: start-process somehow expands *.org

From: Lennart Borgman
Subject: Re: start-process somehow expands *.org
Date: Tue, 1 Mar 2011 03:51:08 +0100

On Tue, Mar 1, 2011 at 3:27 AM, Glenn Morris <address@hidden> wrote:
> Lennart Borgman wrote (on Tue, 1 Mar 2011 at 03:07 +0100):
>> I am calling start-process with one of the program-args beeing
>> "*.org". Somehow this is expanded to just the first of matching file.
>> What is happening? Is this the way it is supposed to work?
> Will you PLEASE learn to give complete examples, rather than always
> this "I saw a thing; is it a problem?" kind of mail.

Sorry, I thought I was clear enough. start-process has a "&rest" arg
called "program-args".

> Maybe the following is relevant, how should I know what you doing.
> Functions that Create Subprocesses
>   All three of the subprocess-creating functions have a `&rest'
>   argument, ARGS. The ARGS must all be strings, and they are supplied
>   to PROGRAM as separate command line arguments. Wildcard characters
>   and other shell constructs have no special meanings in these
>   strings, since the strings are passed directly to the specified
>   program.

Yes, it might be relevant. However I do not understand what is happening.

I have something like this

   (setq command
      ("ruby.exe" "c:\\path-to\\idxsearch.rb" "--root"
"c:/where-to-search/" "--filepatt" "*.org" "--query" "word1,word2")

   (apply 'start-process (downcase mode-name) outbuf command)

It looks like idxsearch.rb recieves the first file matching *.org, in
my case "act.org" - instead of "*.org" as I expected.

It might be ruby.exe that expands *.org, but if I try a similar
command line ruby.exe does not expand *.org.

This is on w32, as usual with my patched version.

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