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Re: [ -d ' ' ] && echo yes
- From: "Max Bowsher" <maxb at ukf dot net>
- To: "Norton Allen" <allen at huarp dot harvard dot edu>,"Elfyn McBratney" <elfyn-cygwin at exposure dot org dot uk>
- Cc: <cygwin at cygwin dot com>,<allen at huarp dot harvard dot edu>
- Date: Mon, 3 Feb 2003 22:45:11 -0000
- Subject: Re: [ -d ' ' ] && echo yes
- References: <200302032241.RAA19340@bottesini.harvard.edu>
Norton Allen wrote:
> Elfyn McBratney wrote:
>>> Are you saying it's a feature? If so, a feature of cygwin or
>>> of Windows? Under the Windows Command Prompt, cd " " does not
>>> complain, and leaves you in the current directory as you
>>> describe, but dir " " gives an error. This is certainly
>>> not how it works under other OSes.
>> I'm pretty sure it's a feature of SUSv3... Or one of the other POSIXy
>> However I've been working for hours so my brain is fried and may be
>> spewing out random recollections '-)
> FWIW, I've just tested on Linux (of some flavor) and OpenBSD,
> and neither thinks ' ' is a directory.
> In any event, I'd like to figure out whether it's a bug or
> a feature under Cygwin so I can move forward.
It's a bug/feature in Windows. Trying to manipulate such a directory in an
ordinary cmd shell or in explorer produces spurious error messages and/or
I.e. it falls into the same category as 'aux' and 'foo...' - file names
which Windows simply won't do.
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