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bug#25183: 26.0.50; expanding quoted file name on w32

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: bug#25183: 26.0.50; expanding quoted file name on w32
Date: Sat, 24 Dec 2016 18:06:36 +0200

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> Cc: address@hidden,  address@hidden
> Date: Sat, 24 Dec 2016 08:57:45 -0500
> If we want to extend the /: quoting to also apply to relative file names
> too, then the latter makes sense.  Otherwise, the only consistent result
> would be
>     (expand-file-name "/:~/path/./file") => (error "/: quoting relative file 
> name")

expand-file-name doesn't signal errors, and I don't think it would be
a good idea to have it start doing that.

> As I've said in https://debbugs.gnu.org/cgi/bugreport.cgi?bug=25183#29,
> currently "/:~/foo" is a kind of paradoxical file name, being
> both/neither relative nor absolute.

file-name-absolute-p is not smart enough to handle this case with the
rigor we are discussing, so I don't think this aspect is important for
the purposes of this discussion.  The "/:" quoting was chosen because
it fools file-name-absolute-p, so the above is not surprising.

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