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editing files remotely

From: Michael Powe
Subject: editing files remotely
Date: 07 Aug 2003 19:10:05 +0000
User-agent: Gnus/5.09 (Gnus v5.9.0) Emacs/21.2


i'm trying to understand how emacs handles links when editing files
remotely.  i have some web sites where i typically edit remotely with
emacs.  many times i just log into the shell directory and then dired
into the www directory.  this directory is typically a link from the
shell home directory to the actual www dir, which may be like this:

lrwxrwxrwx  1 tr0921ea tr0921ea  16 May 10 17:41 cgi -> /var/www/cgi-bin

now, if i'm on this machine (slackware 9.0), trying to follow that
link does not work, emacs treats it like a file.  if i go upstairs to
my winders machine and do the same thing with ntemacs, it will follow
the link to the cgi-bin directory.  ???

however, that's not the end of the story.  from this machine, i can
follow this link:

lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root  21 Sep 22  2002 mainwebsite_cgi -> \

both machines are on the same network & going out the same dsl

but wait, there's more.

sometimes, when i edit a file from this machine (but never from the
other one), i can't save it.  emacs gives a message in the minibuffer
about a keyboard macro -- something like, "bell rung at end of
keyboard macro" -- and the file is not saved.  i can write to the
directory; iow, if i save the file to a different name, that will
work. but it won't overwrite.

any suggestions would be appreciated.  thanks.


Michael Powe                                Naugatuck CT USA
"Perl is obviously my attempt to help other people be creative. 
In my little way, I'm sneakily helping people understand a bit 
more about the sort of people God likes." -- Larry Wall

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