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emacs on windows with no drive c:

From: Johann Höchtl
Subject: emacs on windows with no drive c:
Date: Fri, 12 Jul 2002 11:13:34 +0200
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Subject: emacs on windows with no drive c:
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In GNU Emacs 21.1.1 (i386-msvc-nt5.1.2600)
 of 2001-10-22 on buffy
configured using `configure --with-msvc (12.00)'
Important settings:
  value of $LC_ALL: nil
  value of $LC_COLLATE: nil
  value of $LC_CTYPE: nil
  value of $LC_MESSAGES: nil
  value of $LC_MONETARY: nil
  value of $LC_NUMERIC: nil
  value of $LC_TIME: nil
  value of $LANG: C
  locale-coding-system: nil
  default-enable-multibyte-characters: t

Please describe exactly what actions triggered the bug
and the precise symptoms of the bug:

Dumb behaviour of emacs on Windows when you have no drive c:

(and explaination of it's behaviour)

Plattform: windows xp (possibly other versions too, can only confirm for xp)
Emacs version: 21.1 (possibly other versions too, only tested for 21.1.1)


If you have no drive c: available for writting because it is missing (you have installed windows e.g. like me in the third partition because linux is just more important ;=) and so drive letters will start by e: ) and you have 'auto-save enabled, then emacs will stall and start to eat up your memory as soon as it attempts to write auto-save-list-file-prefix which defaults to "~/.emacs.d/auto-save-list/.saves-"

The tilde defaults to the value of the environment variable HOME, which on most windows installations is unlikely to be set. In such case emacs asumes HOME to be "C:\" which is not available.

I think emacs should take the users home directory to write auto-save files (at least under nt, 2000 and xp). For those platforms it would be sane to default auto-save-list-file-prefix to


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