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Re: where was mention of what creates NUL files?
- From: g <ggrimes at nc dot rr dot com>
- To: cygwin at cygwin dot com
- Date: Wed, 26 Jun 2013 18:53:21 +0000 (UTC)
- Subject: Re: where was mention of what creates NUL files?
- References: <4C93A171 dot 4040402 at fgm dot com>
Daniel Barclay <daniel <at> fgm.com> writes:
> Does anyone recall a mention of what in CygWin (or possibly Emacs) creates
> files with a simple name of "NUL"?
This has been driving me nuts for years. Finally tracked it down.
These are created by emacs' man.el code when you get a man page.
In emacs, do:
M-x man <ret>
<enter anything, valid ('ls') or not>
Now, you'll see a NUL file in the directory.
construction of the 'man' command that is passed to the shell includes:
(concat " %s 2>" null-device)
The variable `null-device' is platform specific and defaults to a pure-copy
of "/dev/null" which, apparently, becomes "NUL" on windows.
It is a defvar in files.el and 'set' again in dos-w32.el.
In your .emacs file, do:
(require 'dos-w32) ;; load this first to avoid it undo'ing the next line
(setq null-device "c:/tmp/emacs-dev-null.txt") ;; set to anything
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