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Re: `compare-strings' style question


From: Kevin Rodgers
Subject: Re: `compare-strings' style question
Date: Thu, 19 Nov 2009 20:08:59 -0700
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address@hidden wrote:
In Elisp, I'm trying to test whether a string is a prefix of another.
Poking around the documentation, I stumbled upon `compare-strings',
which seems to do the job fairly well. The interface is a bit weird
(at least as seen from Lisp) It feels more like C's strcmp.

It returns t on exact match, and some numbers on mismatch. I understand
that the result might be useful in some cases (it tells one by how many
chars we miss a match), but then I can't just do

  (when (compare-strings foo 0 5 bar 0 5)
    ...)

but must do


  (when (eq (compare-strings foo 0 5 bar 0 5) t)
    ...)

which looks rather funny. My question: are there better idioms? Am I
barking up the wrong function?

(when (string-match (concat "^" (regexp-quote foo)) bar)
  ...)

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Kevin Rodgers
Denver, Colorado, USA





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