>>>> "Ben" == Ben Wing <ben(a)666.com>
Ben> mike, are there any plans to support URL-style syntax for
The last time this was suggested, Stallman trashed it, because it
would make it too easy to implement ssh: and scp: protocols etc
transparently, and at that time they were too unfree to be allowed to
work and play pleasantly with Emacs. :-( I don't know if there would
still be resistence from the GNU camp, but there was. Be that as it
Mike, check me on this, but I think this is a _bad_ idea. The reason
is that EFS installs itself on the file I/O handler hooks and thus
transparently emulates local file operation semantics for remote
All of the problems that we currently have with EFS will seem tiny if
this is implemented, because EFS will not have 15 years of error-
handling expertise embedded in the code for handling non-FTP
protocols. Embedding the capability in EFS is just asking for scads
of bug reports.
I think it would be preferable to create a new package for doing
this. We just don't want to muck with EFS at the moment. It's too
critical and too stable.
BTW, I have a design and half an implementation for alternative
transports for package-get. Alternative transports will use URL
syntax, and the EFS transport will also use URL syntax by preference
(of course that will be converted to EFS's /user＠remotehost:/path
Besides EFS, I will implement a sample transport based on url-retrieve
from w3. I may do another one based on Kai Grossjohan's tramp, too
(but that would just be proof of concept, since typical users won't
have ssh access to tux).
I think that's a better way to go for the general case too. Mike?
BTW, as long as you're here ... given an arbitrary function called by
existing package-get code, is there an easy way to check whether it is
EFS-infested and needs to be wrapped to use "alternative transports"?
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