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bug#22300: 25.1.50; Dired -- renaming folders/files to CamelCase/UPPERCA

From: Keith David Bershatsky
Subject: bug#22300: 25.1.50; Dired -- renaming folders/files to CamelCase/UPPERCASE/lowercase.
Date: Tue, 05 Jan 2016 19:56:35 -0800

Perhaps my misunderstanding stems from a belief that 
"/Users/HOME/Desktop/foo/FOO" is a bad thing (to have as a result) when 
`dired-create-files` runs `(setq to (funcall name-constructor from))`.  I was 
looking at this as a black and white situation -- i.e., `from` is 
"/Users/HOME/Desktop/FOO"; and, `to` should be "/Users/HOME/Desktop/foo".

Because I do not understand the usefulness of "/Users/HOME/Desktop/foo/FOO" 
(when the user had explicitly entered a new name of "/Users/HOME/Desktop/foo"), 
I was expecting `(setq to (funcall name-constructor from))` to return 
"/Users/HOME/Desktop/foo" in this particular situation.

If I am understanding you correctly, you believe that 
"/Users/HOME/Desktop/foo/FOO" is a good thing at this point in the `elisp` code 
-- to be dealt with further on down when `dired-create-files` does its thing 
(with the assistance of some C-source code stuff under the hood).

From my layman's perspective (i.e., not a programmer by trade), I was thinking 
that `(setq to (funcall name-constructor from))` should yield the absolute path 
of what the user explicitly entered as the new name for the folder or file.  I 
had assumed, perhaps erroneously, that things would go awry rather quickly if 
the value of "to" was incorrect at the outset of `dired-create-files`.



At Tue, 05 Jan 2016 20:28:21 +0200,
Eli Zaretskii wrote:
>  Dired -- renaming folders/files to CamelCase/UPPERCASE/lowercase.
> > Date:  Tue, 05 Jan 2016 09:27:03 -0800
> > From:  Keith David Bershatsky <address@hidden>
> > Cc:  address@hidden,Drew Adams <address@hidden>,John Wiegley 
> > <address@hidden>
> > 
> > Actually, I'm not sure why the `elisp` makes the target 
> > "/Users/HOME/Desktop/foo/FOO", instead of just "/Users/HOME/Desktop/foo".
> > 
> > When I evaluate
> > 
> >   (funcall (lambda (from) (expand-file-name (file-name-nondirectory from) 
> > "/Users/HOME/Desktop/foo" )) "/Users/HOME/Desktop/FOO")
> > 
> > I get the former incorrect value -- i.e., "/Users/HOME/Desktop/foo/FOO", 
> > instead of just "/Users/HOME/Desktop/foo".
> Maybe there's some misunderstanding here.  Let me explain why I think
> this is the correct expected result.
> First, (file-name-nondirectory "/Users/HOME/Desktop/FOO") yields
> "FOO", as it should, right?
> Then (expand-file-name "FOO" "/Users/HOME/Desktop/foo") returns
> "/Users/HOME/Desktop/foo/FOO" because that's what it's supposed to do:
> it returns a file named "FOO" in the directory "/Users/HOME/Desktop/foo".
> Can you tell what in this reasoning seems incorrect, and why?
> > And that becomes the initial value of "to" when used by 
> > `dired-create-files` -- (setq to (funcall name-constructor from))
> The code that special-cases MS-Windows and MS-DOS prevents this from
> causing the unexpected results.

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