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Re: tramp (2.2.6-24.3); Remote files containing '$' cannot be opened

From: Michael Albinus
Subject: Re: tramp (2.2.6-24.3); Remote files containing '$' cannot be opened
Date: Tue, 04 Mar 2014 22:39:08 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.3.50 (gnu/linux)

Liam Bowen <address@hidden> writes:

Hi Liam,

> I have encountered a bug in which remote files containing '$'
> fail to open. Tramp says, "File exists, but cannot be read".
> Before anyone asks, "why would you have a dollar sign in a filename?!"
> it is a convention with Oracle databases to use that character in
> object definitions, and we script out each object with an epynonymous
> file.

Have you doubled the "$"? In Emacs, if you want to open ".../file$1",
you must type in the minibuffer ".../file$$1". Otherwise, the word after
the "$" is regarded as environment variable, and it will be expanded.

See (info "(emacs)File Names")

Best regards, Michael.

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