[Top][All Lists]

[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]

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

From: Stefan Monnier
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 10:39:23 -0500
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.0.50 (gnu/linux)

>>> Does anyone here have a vfat/ntfs partition for investigating this bug?
>> 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.
>> To properly fix such a problem, Emacs needs to know the type of
>> filesystem of a file.  Then we could employ the same technique as the
>> Windows port does now, but conditioned by the filesystem, not the OS.
>> However, I don't think we have infrastructure for querying the file
>> about its filesystem type, do we?

> Alternatively, we could limit the filenames we generate for autosaving the
> scratch buffer (and any others like it) to use characters that are valid on
> all the filesystems we know about.

That's indeed what we should do.  If and when we ever get support for
filesystem-knowledge in the code, we may revisit this choice, but for
now, please someone change the code that auto-generates those filenames
to avoid characters known to be problematic.  Or better yet: to only
use those chars expected to be always work.


reply via email to

[Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread]