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Re: add read-file-name-completion-ignore-case user variable ?

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: add read-file-name-completion-ignore-case user variable ?
Date: 25 Jun 2004 11:31:30 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.09 (Gnus v5.9.0) Emacs/21.3.50

David Kastrup <address@hidden> writes:

> John Paul Wallington <address@hidden> writes:
> > Stef's change of 2004-03-17 to `read-file-name' to set
> > completion-ignore-case for case-insensitive systems is hard for users
> > to configure -- Viktor Haag pointed this out on the gnu.emacs.help
> > newsgroup.
> > 
> > How about having a `read-file-name-completion-ignore-case' user
> > variable rather than hard-coding a value according to system type?
> > We could still set its default value according to system type.
> Which your change does not seem to do.

Anyway, I am not sure this is the right approach.  After all, case
insensitivity is not as much an operating system, but a file system
feature.  When doing file name completion on a Windows partition
mounted on a typical Linux root file system, the "natural" behavior
would be case sensitive completion in the path components up to the
mount point, and case insensitive after that.

I doubt, however, that it would be easy to access the relevant
information from the OS.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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