What version of emacs are you using? I'm have version 22.2.1 on Debian
On Jul 19, 3:18 pm, "Eric Roode" <address@hidden
> Once upon a time, I could have sworn that find-file completion had a feature
> whereby if the first character you typed was a / or a ~, the entire default
> directory was erased and replaced with the / or ~. This was terribly
> Right now, if you want to open an absolute file name (or one relative to
> your home directory), you have to hit C-a C-k after you type C-x C-f and
> before you type / or ~. Annoying.
> Did I dream this feature? Did it go away? How can I make find-file behave
> this way again?