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Re: cygwin coreutils-5.3.0-4 rm change breaks Libtool

On Tue, Apr 12, 2005 at 10:51:20PM +0000, Eric Blake wrote:
>To some degree, the problem isn't even coreutils fault - cygwin itself
>is where it was decided that stat(2) succeeds for either "foo" or
>"foo.exe" when only "foo.exe" exists, but that unlink(2) fails unless
>it is spelled "foo.exe".  The implicit .exe magic I added in rm is
>simply recognizing that if stat succeeded but unlink failed, that
>unlink should be tried a second time with the correct extension.

I'm not sure I understand this.

If cygwin were made to not treat .exe specially, that would mean that,
presumably, either you'd remove all of your patches from coreutils and
make people use .exe specifically, or you would work around the lack of
.exe by adding it on your own.

If you wanted to just make people always have to specify .exe then you
probably should have just introduced a simple wrapper around stat which
defeated cygwin's attempt to detect .exe's.


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