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Re: dired-do-shell-command: cannot escape the *

From: David Masterson
Subject: Re: dired-do-shell-command: cannot escape the *
Date: 02 Jan 2002 10:45:22 -0800
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>>>>> David Kastrup writes:
> address@hidden (David Masterson) writes:
>> >>>>> Richard Stallman writes:

>> >> What's wrong with having dired-do-shell-command ignore the * if
>> >> it is escaped with a backslash?

>> > Then people have to wonder about what to do if they want to put
>> > backslash-* into the shell command.  In other words, this isn't
>> > as simple in practice as it sounds.

>> Hmmm.  I suppose you could escape the backslash?  

> Problem with that is that you would need to double every backslash
> passed into the shell.  Since the shell itself interprests backslash
> for escapes (most shells, not all), this would seriously unshellize
> the syntax of stuff you write as a command.

Hmmm.  Can anything be done with ^Q (ie. quoted-insert)?

David Masterson                dmaster AT synopsys DOT com
Sr. R&D Engineer               Synopsys, Inc.
Software Engineering           Sunnyvale, CA

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