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Re: 21.x feature request: windows shortcut support

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: 21.x feature request: windows shortcut support
Date: Sun, 14 Oct 2001 10:47:55 -0600 (MDT)

    That doesn't appear to be the only use on Windows.  You can have a
    shortcut to a text file (for instance).  When clicked on, it will
    "Open" the text file (ie. invoke the editor [Notepad] on it).  A
    shortcut has a "Target type" that tells Windows what to do with the
    referenced file.

If that is so, Emacs should implement shortcuts only in certain
specific file operations, not all of them.  expand-file-name is not
the right place.  For instance, it sounds like you would not want
delete-file or write-file to be cognizant of short cuts.

It sounds like find-file and subprocess launching are two places that
would want to handle it.  Also, file-name reading needs to handle it
too, if we want people not to have to type `.lnk' explictly.

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