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visiting dead links

From: Roland Winkler
Subject: visiting dead links
Date: Wed, 31 Jan 2001 14:30:27 +0100

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Please write in English, because the Emacs maintainers do not have
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In GNU Emacs 20.4.1 (i686-pc-linux-gnu, X toolkit)
 of Fri Oct 29 1999 on tfkp02
configured using `configure  --prefix=/nfs/common --libexecdir=/nfs/common/lib 
--bindir=/nfs/common/lib/emacs/bin/i686-Linux --with-gcc --with-pop --with-x 

When I use find-file to visit FILENAME where FILENAME is a dead link
I get the rather confusing message

  File exists, but cannot be read.

I get the same message from find-file using GNU Emacs 20.6.1
(sparc-sun-solaris2.6, X toolkit). On the other hand,
dired-find-file gives me the much clearer message

  File is a symlink to a nonexistent target

I suggest that for dead links find-file should give the same message
like dired-find-file.


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