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bug#15419: 24.3.50; file name as directory completion problem


From: Stephen Berman
Subject: bug#15419: 24.3.50; file name as directory completion problem
Date: Wed, 07 May 2014 22:46:40 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.3.90 (gnu/linux)

On Thu, 19 Sep 2013 17:21:33 +0200 Stephen Berman <address@hidden> wrote:

> By default, file name completion adds `/' only if needed, e.g. given the
> file name "~/test/bla/abc", if I type `C-x C-f ~/test/bla/abc' and in
> the minibuffer delete either "a" or "a/" after "bl", in both case TAB
> correctly completes to "~/test/bla/abc" -- unless you do the following:
>
> 1. emacs -Q
> 2. M-c customize-option RET completion-category-overrides RET, press INS
>    to add a new category, choose "file" from the Value Menu. check
>    Completion Styles, press INS and choose "substring" from the Value
>    Menu, press State and choose "Set for Current Session".
> 3. Now if I type `C-x C-f ~/test/bla/abc' and in the minibuffer delete
>    "a/" after "bl", TAB again correctly completes to "~/test/bla/abc",
>    but if I delete just "a" after "bl", TAB incorrectly completes to
>    "~/test/bla//abc".
>
> I think what is happening is that when completion-category-overrides is
> set as above, this makes completion-file-name-table call
> file-name-all-completions, which calls file_name_completion (dired.c),
> which, if the file is a directory, calls Ffile_name_as_directory
> (fileio.c), which unconditionally adds `/' to the file name.  (Without
> the file override, completion-file-name-table does not call
> file-name-all-completions in the above test case, but completes when (eq
> action 'lambda).)  It looks like this could be fixed by adding a
> condition to the following code from file_name_completion to the effect
> that in the absolute file name containing `name', the next character
> after the last character in `name' is not `/'; but I don't know how to
> do this in Emacs C.
>
>       if (directoryp)
>       /* This completion is a directory; make it end with '/'.  */
>       name = Ffile_name_as_directory (name);

I finally took another look at this bug and, while I don't know if my
above proposal would be a suitable fix (and anyway still don't know how
to implement it), I did come up with the following workaround; but it
seems too ad hoc to be a real fix, so I hope someone familiar with the
completion code will look at this bug.  It would be nice to have it
fixed in the next release.

Steve Berman

=== modified file 'lisp/minibuffer.el'
*** lisp/minibuffer.el  2014-05-04 19:37:56 +0000
--- lisp/minibuffer.el  2014-05-07 20:06:19 +0000
***************
*** 3197,3203 ****
             (merged (completion-pcm--pattern->string (nreverse mergedpat))))
  
        (setq suffix (completion--merge-suffix merged newpos suffix))
!       (cons (concat prefix merged suffix) (+ newpos (length prefix)))))))
  
  (defun completion-pcm-try-completion (string table pred point)
    (pcase-let ((`(,pattern ,all ,prefix ,suffix)
--- 3197,3208 ----
             (merged (completion-pcm--pattern->string (nreverse mergedpat))))
  
        (setq suffix (completion--merge-suffix merged newpos suffix))
!       ;; If we're using the substring style for file name completion
!       ;; and completing a directory name, this ends up tacking "/"
!       ;; onto the name, resulting in "//" if the suffix begins with
!       ;; "/".  So drop one "/" (bug#15419).
!       (cons (replace-regexp-in-string "//" "/" (concat prefix merged suffix))
!           (+ newpos (length prefix)))))))
  
  (defun completion-pcm-try-completion (string table pred point)
    (pcase-let ((`(,pattern ,all ,prefix ,suffix)






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