(open "\*\") xD how dumb I am scaping the quotes and thinking it's reading
It is reading.
Also, (string= "\*" "*") #| --> t |#
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drmeister: Don't worry for all 3 lisp implementations I tried various tricks on, several years ago, I was able to come up with a file for which cl:directory would return a pathname that OPEN could not then open. I didn't try ECL, so never filed a bug :(
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The two characters that were involved were backslash and asterisk; one implementation would let you escape asterisks, but when you did a directory would not return a doubly-escaped backslash (so e.g. a file named '\*' would return a pathname that would open '*') and the other one was cl:directory not quoting '*' characters in pathnames, so a file named '*' would end up as a wild pathname.