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Re: opening /tmp//foo doesn't work.

From: Chong Yidong
Subject: Re: opening /tmp//foo doesn't work.
Date: Sat, 12 Nov 2005 12:23:51 -0500
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/22.0.50 (gnu/linux)

address@hidden (Tomas Zerolo) writes:

> On Sat, Nov 12, 2005 at 11:46:58AM +0059, Han Boetes wrote:
>> Hi,
>> If you try to open /tmp//foo emacs will try to open /foo, of
>> course this is a great feature, but it forgets that /tmp//foo is a
>> valid notation of /tmp/foo.
> To interpret /tmp//foo is surprising to me. For example, my OS says
> /tmp//foo --> /tmp/foo, as I think most Unixen do (I think POSIX
> dictates that).

The reason is convenience.  This allows you to enter a new filename
without having to erase the default offered in the minibuffer.  (A
similar example: /tmp/~/foo goes to ~/foo).  I use this feature all
the time.

If you want to visit /tmp/foo, might I suggest entering /tmp/foo
instead of /tmp//foo?

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