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Re: Bug Emacs 21.3: write-file downcasing

From: Jason Rumney
Subject: Re: Bug Emacs 21.3: write-file downcasing
Date: 12 Feb 2003 08:28:07 +0000
User-agent: Gnus/5.09 (Gnus v5.9.0) Emacs/21.3.50

Richard Stallman <address@hidden> writes:

> That adds to the weight of the need.  Still, I would much rather
> we could avoid the need to compare file names using anything other
> than string=.

Even on GNU and similar systems, it is probably better to compare
inodes than strings to determine if two files are the same file.
That would deal with case-insensitive filesystems where they exist on
those platforms.

There are already places in the Emacs code where inodes are used (to
deal with hard-links), making a function available for lisp to do
such a comparison and encouraging people to use it rather than string=
seems like a good thing to me.

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