Mats Lidell <matsl(a)xemacs.org> writes:
>>>>> Jerry wrote:
Jerry> I'm considering adding the following patch to Fedora's package
Jerry> build. The first hunk fixes the problem that dired doesn't
Jerry> pass the --dired switch to ls on Fedora.
I've been recommending people to stay of that switch because it has
caused problems in the past. From recent posts by Michael Sperber I
get the picture that these older problems are now fixed and that this
switch can now be used. Right?
Right. (The problems were due to the fact that some of the support for
the switch sits in XEmacs itself, not in Dired, and Dired used to
misidentify 21.4 as capable of handling the switch.)
Although I have been looking in the code at the use of that switch
occasions I have never understood what it is good for. Not using it
seems to have worked rather well for me over the years. Under what
circumstances does it make a noticeable difference?
The syntactic detection of the filenames without the switch is somewhat
unreliable, as Dired tries to guess what the columns are etc. The
--dired switch makes ls spit out meta-information that lets Dired do
Cheers =8-} Mike
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