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Re: coding-system perfectionism locks user out

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: coding-system perfectionism locks user out
Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2002 17:56:08 +0200

On 14 Feb 2002, Luis Fernandes wrote:

> >>>>> "eliz" == Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden> writes:
>     eliz> Actually, it's the other way around: Emacs cowardly decides
>                                                      ^^^^^^^^
> Ouch..."conservatively", perhaps?

That was supposed to be a joke...

Cf. the message printed by GNU Tar when it is invoked incorrectly:

    "Cowardly refusing to create an empty archive"

The ``cowardly'' part is there because in most cases, creating an archive 
would result in a disaster, overwriting user files etc.

Similar disasters could happen if Emacs would try code conversions in 
dubious cases.

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