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bug#40269: Emacs should recognize "file:" when opening files

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: bug#40269: Emacs should recognize "file:" when opening files
Date: Thu, 06 Aug 2020 21:04:46 +0300

> From: 積丹尼 Dan Jacobson <jidanni@jidanni.org>
> Cc: larsi@gnus.org,  40269@debbugs.gnu.org
> Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 01:44:33 +0800
> >>>>> "EZ" == Eli Zaretskii <eliz@gnu.org> writes:
> EZ> Is there an actual use case here, or are we inventing it as we go?
> Sure:
> $ emacs file:///etc/motd
> Use M-x make-directory RET RET to create the directory and its parents
> What a "outdated" response from emacs.
> It should at least say "I am emacs. I know you used a file: URL. I know
> file URL have more meaning than arbitrary zzzz: URLs. But I currently
> don't have a consensus about what to do with them right now." At least.

That's not a use case.  A use case would be when you describe that you
have this-and-that problem or need, and the natural solution is to use
the file:// URL to access a local file (instead of just naming the
file as usual).

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