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Re: How to conduct common file tests in elisp

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: How to conduct common file tests in elisp
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2008 09:34:29 +0200

> From: Harry Putnam <address@hidden>
> Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2008 16:59:56 -0600
> Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden> writes:
> >> From: Harry Putnam <address@hidden>
> >> Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2008 22:17:21 -0600
> >> 
> >> I'm attempting to look up in the elisp manual how to conduct a
> >> standard file test.
> >
> > What is a "standard file test"?
> The few languages or almost languages like shell scripting, awk, perl
> and python have some way to test the properties of files.
> I gave several examples of what I was after:
> > like -f file, -d directory, -r file, -x file etc etc.

Then using "test" as the main keyword to look in the manual was not a
good idea.  Something like "i file TAB" would bring you a list of
topics, one of which is "file, information about", which is what you

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