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Posted on 05-04-2001 07:02 p.m. ET  reply

Original Poster: Mike Miller

I'm having some difficulties using dired (in emacs) when accessing files
via ftp on a particular machine. When I try to choose a file or
directory (by pressing enter when the cursor is on that line) I get
the error message "No file on this line." In addition, the file names
are not "highlighted" when I pass the mouse cursor over them.

I've found cryptic references to a regexp called
dired-move-to-filename. These references seem to imply that the
difficulty comes from the form of the directory listing on the machine
I'm trying to access, which looks like this

- [RWCEAFMS] MillerMJ 40448 Jan 17 13:28 DEPARTMENT.doc
d [RWCEAFMS] MillerMJ 512 Nov 27 2000 Math421

instead of the usual *nix format of this

-r-xr-xr-x 1 owner group 0 Nov 27 2000 dirmap.htm
dr-xr-xr-x 1 owner group 0 Feb 25 2000 kbhelp

and so the regexp can't determine where the filename is. (The flaw in
that argument is that if I put the cursor anywhere on a line and use
the arrow key to move to another line, the cursor jumps to the first
letter of the filename, so it *does* know where the filename is!)

Any suggestions about what's wrong or (even better) what I can do to get
it working?

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