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Re: [ -d ' ' ] && echo yes

Isn't space a valid file or directory name in unix?  Since it
is if the filename " " does not exist you would get an error.

On Mon, Feb 03, 2003 at 10:45:11PM -0000, Max Bowsher wrote:
> 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
> >> standards.
> >>
> >> 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
> silent failiures.
> I.e. it falls into the same category as 'aux' and 'foo...' - file names
> which Windows simply won't do.
> Max.
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