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Re: Start value in minibuffer [Was: opening /tmp//foo doesn't work.]

From: Miles Bader
Subject: Re: Start value in minibuffer [Was: opening /tmp//foo doesn't work.]
Date: Wed, 16 Nov 2005 02:33:49 +0900

2005/11/16, Lars Hansen <address@hidden>:
> IMHO it is not intuitive and neither elegant that Emacs interprets
> "/usr/local//etc" as "/etc". I think it would be better if the
> minibuffer initial contents of "/usr/local/" had been deleted
> automatically when the user starts to type.

It is neither elegant nor intuitive to automatically have the entire
contents deleted when you type, necessitating defensive action as your
first step.  However that is what you're used to, so you think it is.

Since we are used to Emacs' file-name behavior, we like it.  It makes
the common case (appending to current dir) easy and fast, and also
makes the slightly more unusual but still not uncommon case (replacing
the current dir) also easy and fast.

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