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bug#28969: 27.0.50; dired: Confirmation prompt for wildcard not surround


From: Noam Postavsky
Subject: bug#28969: 27.0.50; dired: Confirmation prompt for wildcard not surrounded by whitespace
Date: Sun, 14 Jul 2019 18:38:01 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/26.2.90 (gnu/linux)

merge 28969 35564
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Lars Ingebrigtsen <address@hidden> writes:

> Michael Heerdegen <address@hidden> writes:
>
>> the docstring of `dired-do-shell-command' says:
>>
>> | `*' and `?' when not surrounded by whitespace nor `\\=`' have no special
>> | significance for `dired-do-shell-command', and are passed through
>> | normally to the shell, but you must confirm first.
>>
>> However, the `y-or-n-p' prompts asks:
>>
>>   "Confirm--do you mean to use `*' as a wildcard? "
>>
>> and
>>
>>   "Confirm--do you mean to use `?' as a wildcard? "
>>
>> and you must answer with 'y' to let these not be treated as wildcards -
>> if you answer with 'n' as the docstring suggests, the operation is
>> aborted.  So, with other words, I think the questions must be inverted.
>
> Hm...  I don't quite follow you here...  It says it has no significance
> for the command, but just passes it through to the shell.  Where, of
> course, it has great significance.
>
> If you create the file 1-1, put "bar" in it, and say "! cat 1*1" on the
> file, after you've answered "y", you'll get a buffer with "bar bar" in
> it.
>
> So I think all this is correct?  Unless I'm misreading you.

The meaning of "wildcard" is a bit ambiguous in the prompt itself.
There is another report about this in #35564, and patches to greatly
enhance the prompt.

https://debbugs.gnu.org/35564#104





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