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Re: ls-lisp and remote files

From: Lars Hansen
Subject: Re: ls-lisp and remote files
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2003 11:36:19 +0100
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Richard Stallman wrote:

The option should be designed so that there is a non-nil value meaning
"numbers" and another non-nil value meaning "strings", so that we can
someday change the meaning of nil.
I like that idea. How about this:

We introduce a parameter ID-FORMAT with the following meaning:
If ID-FORMAT is numeric or nil, UID and GID are returned as integers, otherwise as strings.

Over time we can change all calls so they include ID-FORMAT with a value of 0 or t, and we can try to avoid using 0. Once the lisp source has no calls with ID-FORMAT left out, we can change the meaning of nil such that UID and GID are returned as strings in that case. Then we can remove the parameter from the calls where it has value t, and if the parameter then is unused, we may even remove it from the definition.

These plans should be written in the lisp manual and the TODO file, I think.

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