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Re: bug#1212: 23.0.60; split-string-and-unquote problems

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: bug#1212: 23.0.60; split-string-and-unquote problems
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2008 11:43:25 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.0.60 (gnu/linux)

> However, this describes roughly what the code does (which I kinda
> understood myself by reading it ;-), but does not explain under what
> circumstances would those functions be useful.  By looking at the uses
> of split-string-and-unquote, I deduced that the intended use is for
> taking apart shell command lines.  If that is not the intent, then
> what is it?

The intent is for the user to be able to enter in a minibuffer a list of
strings, where most of them should usually not need any quoting.
The most common use is to enter a list of arguments to pass to
a command.  Note that "arguments to pass to a command" (even if the
first element could be the command itself) is not the same as "shell
command line", since it does not include operators such as |, &, ;, $,
and `.


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