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Re: Cygwin doesn't show .. in all directories
- From: "David O'Shea" <dcoshea at hotmail dot com>
- To: <cygwin at cygwin dot com>
- Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2003 12:28:20 +1000
- Subject: Re: Cygwin doesn't show .. in all directories
I didn't see a response to this query. Can someone at least confirm
that this appears to be a valid bug (just mount some directories and
take a look I guess!)? Once that happens I can look at how to fix it.
I had a quick look at the code a month ago and thought it would
probably be hard to fix but I guess a challenge would be good :)
----- Original Message -----
From: "David O'Shea" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Sunday, August 10, 2003 5:26 PM
Subject: Cygwin doesn't show .. in all directories
> Hi all,
> Apologies if this is old news, but I couldn't find mention of it in
> the FAQ or mailing list archives.
> I have my F: mounted at /backup under Cygwin. When I 'ls -al
> there is no '.' or '..' entry in /backup, I guess because they are
> there physically and hence not reported by Windows (FAT filesystems
> never have a '.' or '..' in the root directory as far as I know).
> Linux, every directory, including the root directory '/', has a '.'
> and '..' entry, so I guess for consistency they ought to be there.
> This is an issue for me because in MToolsFM, which allows you to
> graphically browse your directories (plus browse directories via
> 'mtools'), you go up a directory by double-clicking on a '..' entry
> the list of directory contents. I imagine that if MToolsFM was
> to show a '..' entry even if it didn't see one in the filesystem,
> things would work, since 'cd ..' works fine when I am in the /backup
> directory (I guess Cygwin doesn't actually look for the directory
> entry '..', it just goes up a directory).
> Of course I don't know if it might be the case that applications
> shouldn't assume that all *nix-ish platforms have a directory entry
> pointing to the parent directory. Either way, please let me know!
> Thanks in advance,
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