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Re: ielm uses the cat program

From: Juanma Barranquero
Subject: Re: ielm uses the cat program
Date: Fri, 31 Jan 2003 00:15:41 +0100

On Thu, 30 Jan 2003 12:25:20 -0700
Kevin Rodgers <address@hidden> wrote:

> If hexl is distributed with Emacs, how could start-process signal a 
> file-error?

The user could delete hexl, if he doesn't use hexl-mode and doesn't want
to have the binary 'round. It's a long shot, but it is certainly posible.
Also, it could have failed building for some reason or other.

> And if it doess, why is cat considered a viable fallback?

I don't know, I didn't write the code, but I suppose the reasoning is
that one or the other are very likely to be around... and if they don't,
well, you'll get an error anyway.

Juanma Barranquero <address@hidden>

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