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I've been using TRAMP for a few days now. It works very well for the most part. I can load a remote shell using M-x shell, and ido-mode with find-file works very well remotely as well, which was surprising to me.

However, I'm having trouble with dired-do-shell-command. When I select a remote file using dired, then use ! to invoke dired-do-shell-command, it attempts to do this locally. Why does it do that if find-file and dired itself use TRAMP transparently?

I'm confused about how TRAMP really ties into the rest of Emacs.

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I can't reproduce this behaviour on my system. Please try to do the same test with a standard Emacs configuration (emacs -q) and see if this problem still happens... –  Francesco May 24 '13 at 6:35
    
@Francesco unfortunately it still happens. When I attempt to invoke p4 (Perforce), it says "/bin/sh: p4: command not found" –  LaceCard May 28 '13 at 13:32
    
try to invoke something like hostname, to really see where the command is being executed. There are so many ways perforce could fail (like environment problems), that you might be mistaken about the origin of the problem. –  Francesco May 28 '13 at 17:52
    
Also unable to reproduce. What Emacs version are you using? –  Aaron Miller Aug 14 '13 at 18:46

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