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PATCH: non-existent files in MIME handler

I have the numbers 1 to 8 registered as suffixes that use the MIME
handler, in order to show manual pages.  Then I needed to run
"evolution-2.4" (except that didn't work anyway, but that's another

The fix here is reasonably straightforward and configurable, I think,
although there may be arguments about suitable a default.

It also fixes the bug that the status of commands passed through by the
similar execute-as-is mechanism was lost, since the handler always
returned 0.

Index: Doc/Zsh/contrib.yo
RCS file: /cvsroot/zsh/zsh/Doc/Zsh/contrib.yo,v
retrieving revision 1.59
diff -u -r1.59 contrib.yo
--- Doc/Zsh/contrib.yo	28 Jul 2006 09:52:35 -0000	1.59
+++ Doc/Zsh/contrib.yo	9 Aug 2006 15:11:18 -0000
@@ -1432,6 +1432,15 @@
 Defines flags to go with a handler; the context is as for the
 tt(handler) style, and the format is as for the flags in tt(mailcap).
+By default, arguments that don't correspond to files are not passed
+to the MIME handler in order to prevent it from intercepting commands found
+in the path that happen to have suffixes.  This style may be set to
+an array of extended glob patterns for arguments that will be passed to the
+handler even if they don't exist.  If it is not explicitly set it
+defaults to tt([[:alpha:]]:/*) which allows URLs to be passed to the MIME
+handler even though they don't exist in that format in the file system.
 Specifies a handler for a suffix; the suffix is given by the context as
 tt(:mime:.)var(suffix)tt(:), and the format of the handler is exactly
Index: Functions/MIME/zsh-mime-handler
RCS file: /cvsroot/zsh/zsh/Functions/MIME/zsh-mime-handler,v
retrieving revision 1.8
diff -u -r1.8 zsh-mime-handler
--- Functions/MIME/zsh-mime-handler	11 Apr 2006 18:49:05 -0000	1.8
+++ Functions/MIME/zsh-mime-handler	9 Aug 2006 15:11:18 -0000
@@ -48,7 +48,7 @@
 local handler flags no_sh no_bg
-local -a exec_asis
+local -a exec_asis hand_nonex
 # Set to a list of patterns which are ignored and executed as they are,
 # despite being called for interpretation by the mime handler.
@@ -56,6 +56,11 @@
 # they are, even if they have a suffix.
 zstyle -a $context execute-as-is exec_asis || exec_asis=('*(*)' '*(/)')
+# Set to a list of patterns for which the handler will be used even
+# if the file doesn't exist on the disk.
+zstyle -a $context handle-nonexistent hand_nonex ||
+  hand_nonex=('[[:alpha:]]#:/*')
 local pattern
 local -a files
@@ -74,10 +79,24 @@
   if [[ -n ${files[(r)$1]} ]]; then
-    return 0
+    return
+if [[ ! -e $1 ]]; then
+  local nonex_ok
+  for pattern in $hand_nonex; do
+    if [[ $1 = ${~pattern} ]]; then
+      nonex_ok=1
+      break
+    fi
+  done
+  if [[ -z $nonex_ok ]]; then
+    "$@"
+    return
+  fi
 zstyle -s $context handler handler ||
 zstyle -s $context flags flags ||

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