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bug#8220: 24.0.50; (On Windows XP) "c:\_emacs" isn't found during startu

From: Jason Rumney
Subject: bug#8220: 24.0.50; (On Windows XP) "c:\_emacs" isn't found during startup
Date: Fri, 11 Mar 2011 13:56:03 +0800
User-agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv: Gecko/20100111 Thunderbird/3.0.1

On 11/03/2011 10:35, Juanma Barranquero wrote:

makes this less than clear-cut, and in fact, the order in which
[._]emacs is searched (I'm ignoring ~/.emacs.d/init.el) is


More accurately, if %HOME% is set explicitly, then init files are searched there. Otherwise if c:\.emacs exists, then %HOME% is implicitly set to C:\ (for backwards compatibility with older versions) Otherwise %HOME% is implicitly set to the user's Application Data directory, obtained through system calls. (ignoring the fact that these system calls are not available on Windows 95 and NT4 without IE5 or later installed, since such systems are unlikely to still exist).

so there *is* an inconsistency. That said, _emacs is an obsolete name
(on Windows, not MS-DOS), so it's not worth changing this IMO.

This is the first bug report since the change was made in 22.1 (I think). And it appears the user is not encountering problems upgrading an older working installation but trying to set up a new installation, so I agree it is not important to fix this now. In fact, we could start issuing a warning if the fallback directory of C:\ is detected as being used in Emacs 24, so we can remove this fallback in a future release.

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