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Re: read-file-name

From: Elvin Peterson
Subject: Re: read-file-name
Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2004 09:13:49 +0530
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Kevin Rodgers wrote:
Elvin Peterson wrote:
 > Thanks.  The default is not an issue when the directory DIR is an
 > absolute path.  Shouldn't it show up in the read-file-name
 > documentation?

I don't see any difference in the behavior of read-file-name when DIR is
an absolute vs. relative path.  If I type RET at the prompt, both of
these forms return DIR:

Yes, the behavior is the same if you press RET. However, it is completely different for TAB completion, where the first one fails in tha absence of the let workaround.

(read-file-name "Image File: " "images")
(read-file-name "Image File: " "/images")

P.S. You probably want to use "images/" as DIR anyway -- see

I have done that, although it only seems to make a difference for VMS.

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