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Re: shell-mode flakey


From: Roland Winkler
Subject: Re: shell-mode flakey
Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2007 17:19:32 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/22.1 (gnu/linux)

address@hidden writes:
> And of course for we Geritol clubbers, what if one becomes deceased
> and one's chin hits SPC and nose hits RET. Do you want to be
> remembered by your community club as that guy who deleted all the
> files?

Somewhat off-topic: I once discussed the following on
address@hidden

I have

  alias rm='rm --interactive'

But what I really would like was an interactive query that was
restricted to those cases when I have typed something on the command
line that doesn't tell me what rm will really do. Usually, this is
the case when the shell did some filename expansion. Unfortunately,
to the best of my knowledge it is not possible for a command like rm
to figure out whether the command shell performed some kind of
filename expansion or not.

When I discussed this some time ago with one of the bash
maintainers, he said that he had just recovered all files of a
colleague who had typed "rm foo *" instead of "rm foo*". For those
and only those cases I'd like to have a reliable interactive query
before rm will do its job.

How is emacs' shell mode implemented? I use it more and more often
instead of a "plain terminal". Could it distinguish between these
cases?

Roland




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