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file-relative-name and remote files

From: Lars Hansen
Subject: file-relative-name and remote files
Date: Sun, 23 Feb 2003 11:36:59 +0100
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file-relative-name assumes that filename and directory is part of the same tree except when we are on a DOS/Windows system and the first two chars in the expanded file names (the drive) are not equal. This approach does not work with remote files. With remote files filename and directory may reside in different trees. Since the syntax of remote files just is a prefix to an ordinary file name, it should be a matter of comparing prefixes, just as in the DOS/Windows case. However, remote files are handled by the file name handler mechanism which does not work for file-relative-name, since file-relative-name is a lisp function.

What would be the best way to solve this problem?

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