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bug#8085: 24.0.50; (emacs) Minibuffer History

From: Drew Adams
Subject: bug#8085: 24.0.50; (emacs) Minibuffer History
Date: Sat, 19 Feb 2011 19:52:29 -0800

This part of the node (second sentence) is not quite correct:
"A history list is actually a symbol, not a list; it is a variable whose
value is a list of strings (previous inputs), most recent first."
That's true except for one exception AFAIK (are there others?):
`command-history'.  It's value is a list of sexps, not a list of
I don't know what the best bug fix is.  Dunno whether this should be
mentioned or not, but it is not really the case that the HISTORY arg to
`read-from-minibuffer' and `completing-read' must be a variable whose
value is a list of strings.  This is a bit surprising, but a list of
non-strings also "works" in some ways.
Maybe this should be passed over in silence - dunno.
In GNU Emacs (i386-mingw-nt5.1.2600)
 of 2011-02-14 on 3249CTO
Windowing system distributor `Microsoft Corp.', version 5.1.2600
configured using `configure --with-gcc (4.4) --no-opt --cflags

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