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Can't enter filenames with spaces

From: David Reitter
Subject: Can't enter filenames with spaces
Date: Sat, 25 Jun 2005 14:16:04 +0100

As it stands, it seems that one cannot save a buffer to a new file with a name that contains space characters, at least not in a straightforward way.

The reason is that the minibuffer that prompts for input does not accept space as an input character for the string that is read - even though space is a perfectly valid character is modern file systems.

minibuffer-local-completion-map binds the space character to minibuffer-complete-word (defined in src/keymap.c).

Frankly, complete-word might be a useful function for some, but it should not come at the expensive of not being able to input file names with normal characters in the way one would expect it.

One possible solution would be to bind minibuffer-complete-word to something like S-SPC by default and use a customization option to allow for the old binding. Ideally, however, one would preserve the SPC binding for all minibuffers that expect a symbol rather than a file name.

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