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Re: A few issues with thumbs.el

From: Juanma Barranquero
Subject: Re: A few issues with thumbs.el
Date: Mon, 13 Jun 2005 01:40:30 +0200

> I don't understand why we couldn't just leave this to the user to
> configure this, instead of trying to have more or less complex logic,
> trying to figure this out automatically. `find-dired' has the same
> problem in that it will find (haha) the wrong "find" on w32. It also
> has more or less hard-coded syntax in it.

Well, on one hand convert, unlike find, is potentially dangerous if
used by accident; however, I agree that the chance of executing it in
such a way that it "works" and destroys user data is abysmally small.

My main argument (but I won't argue much :-) is that it seems a bit
silly (both for convert.exe and find.exe) to set up a variable with a
value that we *know* it is wrong. I'd rather have *-convert-program
set to nil that to "C:/windows/convert.exe". ImageMagick's convert.exe
is simply *not* going to end in %windir% for any noticeable percentage
of Windows users.

> Juanma, you know how tumme.el currently does this; that works quite
> well, does it not?

Manual configuration is good, of course. More good that wrong
automatic configuration, less good that correct automatic
configuration :-)


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