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Re: info inconsistency about "Shell Commands in Dired"

From: Luc Teirlinck
Subject: Re: info inconsistency about "Shell Commands in Dired"
Date: Wed, 25 Aug 2004 17:36:03 -0500 (CDT)

Richard Stallman wrote:

            If you want to use `*' as a shell wildcard with whitespace around
            it, write `*""'.  In the shell, this is equivalent to `*'; but
            since the `*' is not surrounded by whitespace, Dired does not
            treat it specially.

   I expect that this rule does in fact apply to ? just as to *,


   It is worth thinking about.
   I saw people discussing other methods, %s and envvars.
   The envvar method is too inconvenient.  %s might be acceptable;
   people mainly discussed how to implement it.

   Let's compare these two methods in terms of desirability as

I believe that the method I proposed offers the least deviation from
the current syntax.  

Of course, while ?'' will be useful in several situations, *'' will
very seldom (if ever) be, unless only one file is marked.  I
nevertheless would make the syntax work for * too, for consistency.



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