Another choice is to use a new env var set the way you want. Set A to /some/path and then
open file $A/thesis.
(Works in emacs 20.7.1 for Windows).
And, FWIW, no reason not to have an A, B, C, D, ... or however many different path
shortcuts you might need.
From: Glynn Clements [mailto:glynn＠gclements.plus.com]
Sent: Sat 4/26/2008 9:34 PM
To: Tim Connors
Subject: Re: resetting xemacs' idea of home directory
Tim Connors wrote:
I want to reset a running xemacs' idea of where my $HOME
directory is (I
want to temporarily work in a different filesystem with my main xemacs
process) so that when I open a file in ~/thesis/..., it goes to
(setenv "HOME" ...) didn't do what I was hoping it would do (obviously it
would for subshells). Is there a way?
Not easily. XEmacs caches the result of getenv("HOME"), and there
isn't any way to un-cache it from lisp. Also, the variable which
stores the home directory isn't a lisp variable, so you can't just set
or bind it.
You could modify e.g. find-file-noselect (e.g. with defadvice) to
detect a filename beginning with "~/" and substitute your alternate
You could even intercept expand-file-name if you want the change to
affect everything. However, that will get a bit messy, as
expand-file-name is a built-in function, so you can't use defadvice,
and if you want to override the definition, you'll need to store
(symbol-function 'expand-file-name) somewhere so that you can call it
from your wrapper.
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