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Re: file-exists-p

From: Michael Albinus
Subject: Re: file-exists-p
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2003 08:50:08 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.1002 (Gnus v5.10.2) Emacs/20.7 (hpux)

address@hidden (John M. Adams) writes:

> Why does the syntax have to different between Emacs and XEmacs?  Can't
> this be hidden behind find-name-handlers and such?

>From the (tramp)Issues Info page:

   * The TRAMP filename syntax differs between Emacs and XEmacs.

     The Emacs maintainers wish to use a unified filename syntax for
     Ange-FTP and TRAMP so that users don't have to learn a new syntax.
     It is sufficient to learn some extensions to the old syntax.

     For the XEmacs maintainers, the problems caused from using a
     unified filename syntax are greater than the gains.  The XEmacs
     package system uses EFS for downloading new packages.  So,
     obviously, EFS has to be installed from the start.  If the
     filenames were unified, TRAMP would have to be installed from the
     start, too.

> Thanks very much!

Best regards, Michael.

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