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Re: [gmane.emacs.bugs] Emacs fails to start properly if the current work

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: [gmane.emacs.bugs] Emacs fails to start properly if the current working directory is on a vfat or ntfs filesystem
Date: Sun, 24 Feb 2008 10:23:03 -0500

    There's no need to investigate, as the problem is clearly evident:
    Windows-based filesystems don't allow certain characters in file
    names, and `*' is one of these characters.  So a file name such as
    `#*scratch*#20913s5z#' is not allowed.

If this were just a minor problem, it would make sense to say "use a
different name".  But this is such a painful and broad problem that it
is worth fixing if possible.

One possible solution would be for Fdo_auto_save to detect that errno
code when `open' fails, and modify the file name.  Maybe it should
also set a flag which Lisp code can see.

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