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Re: should `minibuffer-complete' use `abbreviate-file-name'?

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: should `minibuffer-complete' use `abbreviate-file-name'?
Date: Sun, 14 Oct 2007 15:10:38 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/23.0.50 (gnu/linux)

> FROM and TO are equivalent, in that they have the same effect. TO is a valid
> directory name and FROM matches a syntactically valid directory name, even
> if no such directory exists. In the user's case, TO names an existing
> directory.

Just for the record: the directory-abbrev-alist is AFAIK only used by
abbreviate-file-name which is only called occasionally rather than
systematically (because its intention is to only make cosmetic changes).
So using it to map non-existent filenames to real filenames is likely to
lead to occasional surprises.


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