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Re: Cygnus question

At 07:08 PM 11/2/2000, Christopher Faylor wrote:
>On Thu, Nov 02, 2000 at 04:50:02PM -0700, Scott Carter wrote:
> >I'm not a unix expert, nor a Windows expert, but I don't think David's
> >statements are all  correct. In unix, as I understand it (and as David
> >stated), it is the shell (bash, csh, ksh, ...) that does the filename
> >expansion on the b* argument in 
> >ls b*
> >The shell passes that expansion to ls on the command line (unless the
> >expansion is empty, in which case the shell just passes the b*).
> >
> >If you have cygwin installed on a WinNT machine (with the cygwin bin
> >directory in the PATH), you can run the cygwin ls command from the WinNT
> >command prompt, and it works, the same as it does from a cygwin bash prompt.
> >But I'm pretty sure that the WinNT shell (cmd.exe) does NOT expand b*.  If
> >that is true, ls must read the b* from the command line and (likely) pass it
> >to a function which does the expansion. And I suspect that the function is
> >located in the cygwin1.dll, and that it, in turn, calls a windows function,
> >which is case insensitive. If that is true, the cygwin function would have
> >to do extra work to force case sensitivity. [semi-educated speculation]
> >
> >So it seems to me that it would be possible to make ls case insensitive in
> >cygwin. 
> >
> >Whether or not it's a good idea, and how easily it could be done, is a
> >different issue.
>Cygwin does wildcard translation on the command line when a program is
>run directly from a Windows command shell.  It does this prior to starting
>the program just like bash.
>There are no facilities in cygwin for case insensitive globbing currently
>and I have no plans or desires to add this.  If someone is interested
>(hah) in providing a patch, I'll gladly consider it.
   Hope you didn't bust a gut on that one Chris!;-)

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