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[debbugs-tracker] bug#35448: closed (26.2; save-buffer silently fails in

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Subject: [debbugs-tracker] bug#35448: closed (26.2; save-buffer silently fails in winNT if buffer name has forbidden chars)
Date: Sat, 04 May 2019 08:45:02 +0000

Your message dated Sat, 04 May 2019 17:44:18 +0900
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and subject line Re: bug#35448: 26.2; save-buffer silently fails in winNT if 
buffer name has forbidden chars
has caused the debbugs.gnu.org bug report #35448,
regarding 26.2; save-buffer silently fails in winNT if buffer name has 
forbidden chars
to be marked as done.

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35448: http://debbugs.gnu.org/cgi/bugreport.cgi?bug=35448
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--- Begin Message --- Subject: 26.2; save-buffer silently fails in winNT if buffer name has forbidden chars Date: Sat, 27 Apr 2019 18:36:14 +0900
emacs -Q
;; Do the following recipe in an empty directory

C-x b  schrodinger:cat RET
C-x C-s RET
;; A message in the minibuffer confirms the name of the file writen to disk.
;; Apparentely, the base name of such a file matches the buffer name.
M-: (file-exists-p buffer-file-name)
=> t
M-: (string= (file-name-nondirectory buffer-file-name) (buffer-name))
=> t

;; In fact, no file matches the buffer name in the directory
M-: (directory-files default-directory nil (buffer-name))
=> nil

;; There is an _empty_ file with name, the buffer name upto the colon
M-: (directory-files default-directory nil "schrod")
=> ("schrodinger")

M-: (with-temp-buffer
      (insert-file-contents "schrodinger")
=> 0

--8<-----------------------------cut here---------------start------------->8---
diff --git a/lisp/files.el b/lisp/files.el
index c05d70a00e..93600d2edb 100644
--- a/lisp/files.el
+++ b/lisp/files.el
@@ -5106,6 +5106,9 @@ basic-save-buffer
                           (read-file-name "File to save in: "
                                           nil (expand-file-name 
+                    (when (and (eq 'windows-nt system-type)
+                               (string-match-p "[:*?\"<>]" 
(file-name-nondirectory filename)))
+                      (error "A file name cannot contain any of the following 
characters: :*?\"<>"))
                     (if (file-exists-p filename)
                         (if (file-directory-p filename)
                             ;; Signal an error if the user specified the name 
of an

--8<-----------------------------cut here---------------end--------------->8---

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--- End Message ---
--- Begin Message --- Subject: Re: bug#35448: 26.2; save-buffer silently fails in winNT if buffer name has forbidden chars Date: Sat, 04 May 2019 17:44:18 +0900 User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/27.0.50 (gnu/linux)
Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden> writes:

I saw the cat meow.
Since this is a feature I wasn't aware of, not a bug, then I am closing this 
>> >   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NTFS#Alternate_data_streams_(ADS)
>> >   http://www.flexhex.com/docs/articles/alternate-streams.phtml
>> And to see that your cat's meow is not lost, try this:
>>   C-u M-! streams schrodinger RET
> Even better, kill the buffer and then "C-x C-f schrodinger:cat RET".
> (A program such as 'cat' will also show the text.)

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