I have helm-find-files bound to C-x C-f.

When I use it with a filename at point, and the file exists, it uses ffap to offer me that file, which is nice.

But when the file does not exist, it just offers the contents of a directory.

MWE: suppose in a LaTeX buffer I have


with the point on the filename, but the file itself does not exist. How could I make helm-find-files offer creating and opening it as an option?

  • The problem is thing-at-point (used in helm-find-files-1) doesn't recognise \input{/tmp/foo.tex} as a filename. If you unwrap the filename, for example, it should work as you say. Looks more like a bug with how thing-at-point handles the filename option. Tested with emacs version 26.2. – jagrg Apr 18 at 18:29
  • I am not sure about this. If the file exists, if is recognized and opened without a problem. – Tamas Papp Apr 19 at 8:24
  • It fails both ways for me, and works both ways if I unwrap the file name. – jagrg Apr 22 at 15:49

I opened an issue for helm, which Thierry Volpiatto kindly fixed, so now it is possible to

(setq helm-ff-allow-non-existing-file-at-point t)

which produces the behavior I want.

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