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Re: tramp not working linux, quotation marks

From: Bastian Beischer
Subject: Re: tramp not working linux, quotation marks
Date: Sun, 24 Sep 2017 14:20:13 +0200

Hey Neal and Michael

recent versions of "ls" from GNU coreutils have introduced quotes for
certain filenames (those with spaces, but also others). The "ls" shipped
with Fedora 26 should be recent enough I think, so it could be the issue.

Could you check if running 'ls -l' in the same directory produces the same
quotes? And if yes, "ls -l --literal" should remove them. I think tramp is
using ls for directory listings as well, isn't it? If yes, I guess there is
a configurable variable somewhere, to which you can append '--literal' for
the ls flags used by tramp.


On Sun, Sep 24, 2017 at 2:14 PM, Neal Becker <> wrote:

> Michael Albinus wrote:
> > Neal Becker <> writes:
> >
> > Hi Neal,
> >
> >> For some time now, tramp is not working reliably on linux (fedora 26).
> >> Frequently (not always) when using dired through tramp, file names are
> >> erroneously displayed surrounded by quotation marks.  Then operations on
> >> those files fail.
> >
> > Which Emacs/Tramp version are you using?
> >
> > Please set tramp-verbose to 10, and rerun your test, starting with
> > "emacs -Q". Show the resulting Tramp debug buffer. Describe also the
> > steps you have applied in order to run into the error (most important,
> > which file names show the problem).
> >
> > I believe it is better to follow this issue either as Emacs bug, or on
> > the Tramp mailing list. If possible, pls swith.
> >
> > Best regards, Michael.
> OK.  One thing I can tell you right away is filenames with spaces show
> this.
> This is emacs 25.3.1 (and whatever tramp comes with it)

Bastian Beischer
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