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bug#18205: Obsolete patterns in auto-mode-alist


From: Reuben Thomas
Subject: bug#18205: Obsolete patterns in auto-mode-alist
Date: Thu, 7 Aug 2014 13:02:26 +0100

On 7 August 2014 03:51, Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden> wrote:
> Date: Wed, 6 Aug 2014 23:05:33 +0100
> From: Reuben Thomas <address@hidden>
> Cc: address@hidden
>
> If "_emacs" is to be supported, surely other similar patterns should
> be added for other dot files?

Which patterns are those?

For example, the patterns for bash's dot-files.
 
Why do you think we support _emacs for DOS and Windows?

I'm not sure why you're asking me, you're the DJGPP maintainer! If you meant it as an exercise, then I'd say: I have no idea where we support it on Windows, where, post-Win 3.x (which we don't support), ".emacs" is a valid filename.

I understood that DJGPP had long filename support too, but maybe that's not universal? In which case, not only "_emacs", but other GNU dotfiles should surely be supported with a leading "_"?

In other words, it looks like a quick hack to support the most commonly-edited Emacs file that would suffer from this problem. I can't tell whether it's still needed, and if it is, it should be extended systematically.


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