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Re: ~dir


From: David desJardins
Subject: Re: ~dir
Date: 03 Feb 2002 12:23:45 -0800

Devon Sean McCullough <address@hidden> writes:
>> Directory names beginning with ~ are broken.
>> One might claim such names are pathological,
>> all the more reason to handle them properly.
>> Emacs 21.1 also has this bug.

Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden> writes:
> The manual explains in section "Quoted File Names" that you should
> use "/:" before the file name to disable the usual magic meaning of
> the leading `~' character.
> 
> The ~-expansion is a feature, of course.

It seems to me that you didn't understand the bug report.  The bug is
that creating the file "~/~x/y" doesn't work *even if* there is no user
"x" and so "~x" has no special meaning.

Note that these all work correctly:

  /~x
  ~/~x
  ~/~x/

Also, it's possible to visit the file

  ~/~x/y

*if* it already exists.  However, visiting the file won't create it if
it doesn't already exist.

This seems obviously a bug to me.

                                        David desJardins



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