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Re: emacs misbehaves without --unibyte

From: Paul Stoeber
Subject: Re: emacs misbehaves without --unibyte
Date: Wed, 29 May 2002 02:18:18 +0200
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On Wed, May 29, 2002 at 12:40:42AM +0300, Eli Zaretskii wrote:
> > From: Paul Stoeber <address@hidden>
> > Date: Tue, 28 May 2002 22:08:14 +0200
> > 
> > Neither (setq set-language-environment "Latin-1") nor
> > (setq file-name-coding-system 'latin-1) creates an 8-bit clean
> > environment.
> Emacs is a text editor, not a binary file editor.  So 8-bit cleanness
> is not the most important goal for it.
> There are specialized modes, such as hexl, for editing binary files.

(How is Emacs not a binary file editor when it has hexl mode?)

I started this thread because default emacs wouldn't let me navigate
filesystems that contain funny filenames, so the "8-bit cleanness"
discussion only applies to file name handling (although I had also
mentioned "text/binary files" in a general statement).  Is it reasonable
for Emacs to refuse to open existing files and to invent new file names
in place of existing ones?

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