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Re: 21.x feature request: windows shortcut support

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: 21.x feature request: windows shortcut support
Date: Fri, 12 Oct 2001 08:35:42 +0200

> From: "Stefan Monnier" <monnier+gnu.emacs.bug/news/@RUM.cs.yale.edu>
> Newsgroups: gnu.emacs.bug
> Date: 11 Oct 2001 20:33:39 -0400
> But if the only thing people expect shortcuts to be good for is
> "symlink to an executable" kind of thing, then I really think
> Emacs shouldn't do more than either redirect find-file or provide
> a major-mode that displays the content nicely.

How does a symlink-to-executable implies that find-file should support
redirection to the real file?  It would imply that running a shortcut
(with, e.g., call-process) invokes the target of the shortcut, but I
think this happens automatically on Windows.

As for editing the shortcut, I agree that it would be a useful
feature, but I don't think this is what was requested by the OP.

> I don't see any possible misfeature in the `major-mode' solution.

Neither do I.

> And apart from potential infinite looping (in case of a shortcut pointing
> to itself), I don't see any subtle misfeature in the `redirect find-file'
> solution either.
> Could you describe a concrete possible subtle misfeature ?

Why, don't you trust my gut feeling? ;-)

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