File | Open behavior (bug #1818)


I've been looking at Bug #1818, that selecting an invalid file using 
File | Open creates opens a new calendar window anyway.  I have it 
fixed in my tree, but before I commit, I want to verify what people 
(particularly Miguel and the other maintainers) think is the correct 

Since we offer File | New and File | Save As, I think the correct 
response is to refuse to open an invalid file (display a "File Not 
Found" error and return to the file selector); this is what my fix 
does.  The alternative, though, is to say that we're emulating the 
emacs behavior and treat an open on an invalid file as a request to 
create a new file with that name; I think that is at best unintuitive 
for the average desktop user, especially when faced with the New and 
Save As options.

Comments are appreciated.


Russell Steinthal		Columbia Law School, Class of 2002
<>		Columbia College, Class of 1999
<>		UNIX System Administrator,

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