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tilde in dired default-directory but not elsewhere

From: Emanuel Berg
Subject: tilde in dired default-directory but not elsewhere
Date: Mon, 07 Jul 2014 23:38:13 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.3 (gnu/linux)

I noticed this because I use default-directory in the
mode line.

But I managed to reproduce this with emacs -Q like

First start it and do describe-variable
default-directory. You get the tilde. Then open a file
with an .el extension which should bring Emacs to
emacs-lisp-mode. Do the dance again and it says

Do `cd', and you get the tilde in the suggestion - but
describe it, and you get the explicit path!

Is this as it should be, and if so, is there a reason?

Interesting tho it might be, what I really want is the
tilde in the mode line, always, showing the complete
path. I have a huge font I suppose so it happens that
the path overflows the width of the terminal if I get
deep in the file tree. Besides my eye is trained for ~
and it looks sort of weird to see the /home/user/

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