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Re: Disabling Tramp

From: Kai Großjohann
Subject: Re: Disabling Tramp
Date: Wed, 09 Mar 2005 14:34:07 +0100
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address@hidden (Kim F. Storm) writes:

> BTW, would it be possible to mention _why_ tramp is better than
> ange-ftp...?

I think that's difficult because Tramp isn't better.  It does a
different job.

Tramp consists of three parts.

One part groks filenames of the form "/method:address@hidden:/some/file"
and delegates the real work to backends based on the method.  As an
added value, you can omit the method, and then it will choose a
default method based on the user and the host.  One of the backends it
knows about is ange-ftp.

The second part is a backend which uses smbclient to access the files.

The third part is a backend which uses a remote login program to
access the files.

The added value for using Ange-FTP together with Tramp is that this
provides a unified filename syntax for remote files, regardless of how
the remote system is accessed.

One can remove the Tramp entries from file-name-handler-alist and
re-add the Ange-FTP entries there.  But it's also possible to just
type "/ftp:address@hidden:/some/file" as the filename, or to set
tramp-default-method, as Michael mentioned.


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