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Question about file name completion

'e' is an alias for starting my editor. If I'm in v:\octave and I type e fun<tab> completion gives me e functions.m.

OTOH, if I type e .<tab> completion gives me e V:\Octave\.octaverc.

What's going on there? Why does the second result in a fully-qualified file name? I don't mind; I'm just curious.
SWAG: The filename completion sees a filename beginning with a dot, and assumes it has a relative pathname?
"Scientific wild-ass guess"? Googling that one took a while.

But if I say e .\blah<tab> or e ..\blah<tab> it doesn't complete to a FQ name.

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