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From: Steve_Kilbane@cegelecproj.co.uk
To: jeremy@softway.com.au
Cc: rc@hawkwind.utcs.toronto.edu
Subject: Re: are there any patches which add ~ expansion to rc
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 1997 03:51:22 -0400	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <199709190751.IAA09932@vampire.cegelecproj.co.uk> (raw)

> While I agree that /u is an elegant approach to dealing with the ~user
> problem, the most common use of ~ is when referring to one's own
> home directory, which /u doesn't help with.

True, but then, the problem lies in the ~ semantics, which aren't
great. Just as /u/foo can point to user foo's directory, /me (or /m)
can point to the current user's. Naturally, this needs special
handling in UNIX (as in /proc, /fd), and can be put in $home/lib/profile
in Plan 9.

What's really annoying is that this is one of the few things that
DOS can handle, and plain ol' UNIX can't.

             reply	other threads:[~1997-09-19 21:53 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 8+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
1997-09-19  7:51 Steve_Kilbane [this message]
  -- strict thread matches above, loose matches on Subject: below --
1997-09-18  2:27 arnold
1997-09-17 15:56 Joseph Skinner
1997-09-17 21:56 ` Scott Schwartz
1997-09-17 22:08 ` Mark K. Gardner
1997-09-18 10:14 ` Tim Goodwin
1997-09-18 23:26   ` Chris Siebenmann
1997-09-19 17:21     ` Jeremy Fitzhardinge

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