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file-truename bug

From: Deepak Goel
Subject: file-truename bug
Date: Wed, 20 Dec 2000 19:43:54 -0500

< was: Re: Can't access info:>

[[Problem: emacs can't find  info files.. ]]

I think I traced my problem to a bug in (file-truename).I have had
problems with this before.

While Trying to access the info directory /usr/share/local/gnu/info, emacs
tries to find its file-truename and finds "/system/1.5/common/gnu/info".

And soon after, encounters error, because there is no such path on our

There is, however a path /:/system/1.5/common/gnu/info.  And the info
files do indeed exist on that path.  Emacs somehow ignored thos /:/

to complicate the matter further, this : itself  seems to  be yet another
link to /afs/glue.umd.edu

so, the correct path where i did find the info files
is: /afs/glue.umd.edu/system/1.5/common/gnu/info.  I gave this full path
to emacs for info, and my emacs can finally access the info-files.. yay..


Another pointer to there being somehting strange is:

I try:

C-x C-f
Find file: /:/:/:/:/~/
and then I press TAB.

According to documentation, it should immediately become

and now but it instead says "No such file.."

The  above was with emacs20.3.1 on unix.

This does *not* seemt to be a problem with emacs-19.29

 To check this.

I evaluate 
(file-truename "/:/system") in both

Emacs19.29: "/afs/glue.umd.edu/system"

Emacs 20.3.1: "/system"

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