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bug#7308: [patch] locate under windoze

From: Eduard Wiebe
Subject: bug#7308: [patch] locate under windoze
Date: Sun, 31 Oct 2010 10:36:21 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.0.50 (gnu/linux)

Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden> writes:

>> From: Eduard Wiebe <address@hidden>
>> Date: Sat, 30 Oct 2010 21:50:18 +0200
>> Cc: 
>> i want to use `locate' under windoze system.  Unfortunately locate (in
>> interaction with dired) doesn't work proper in such a case.
>> The problem is the unquoted backslash in a located file path.
>> So i fix this issue by following patch.
> Thanks.
> Please tell what version of `locate' is that, and in which Emacs
> version it happened to you.

I use emacs-23.2 with command line interface of everything search engine
from http://www.voidtools.com (es.exe) as locate command under MS
Windows XP.

> I understand that the problem happens because your version of `locate'
> returns Windows file names with backslashes as directory separators
> (as opposed to forward slashes), is that right?

Yes, that is correct. 

The second culprit is `directory-listing-before-filename-regex', which
is to restrict and cause fails under Windoze. Under Linux leads the
restricted regexp only to incorrect display (the point is always after
the first slash character).

I tested the simplyfied version of
`directory-listing-before-filename-regex' under Windoze with everything
(es.exe)m and Linux with GNU locate and it works well.

> If so, wouldn't it be better to replace backslashes with forward
> slashes before the unquote loop?

Hmm. I'm not sure. How about an UNC path ala \\sever\share\path?

If emacs correctly resolve an UNC path with forward slashes so i would

> If backslashes as directory separators are not the reason, could you
> please elaborate about the reason?

See above.

Eduard Wiebe

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