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bug#27986: 26.0.50; 'rename-file' can rename files without confirmation

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: bug#27986: 26.0.50; 'rename-file' can rename files without confirmation
Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2017 10:25:25 -0700
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On 09/11/2017 10:09 AM, Eli Zaretskii wrote:
I think there was a confusion here between interactive and
non-interactive uses of rename-file.  For interactive use, AFAIR we
agreed that the behavior should stay as before, in particular to be
consistent with e.g. invocation of 'mv' from the shell prompt.

That wasn't my understanding, and the email record is consistent with my interpretation. Although we discussed mv, the last comment on that topic was from John, who wrote about mv that "Making the Emacs version more restrictive, however, makes sense" (Bug#27986#145). This corresponds to the patch I installed, whose rename-file is more restrictive than mv because it balks at renaming a regular file F to G when G is not a directory name but happens to be an existing directory.

As I wrote, I don't think this will matter much in practice because the point is moot when file name completion is used. If I'm wrong and it is a significant problem, I can still implement the suggestion in Bug#27986#97 to ameliorate it. It may be better, though, to try out what we have now for a while, to see whether that suggestion would actually help.

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