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Re: [1.7] Undocumented change in accessing by dos drive letters?

On Nov  4 06:19, Andy Koppe wrote:
> 2009/11/4 Linda Walsh:
> >> C: and C:\ aren't the same thing in DOS/cmd.exe. C: means the current
> >> directory of the C drive, whereas C:\ means the root directory of the
> >> C drive. Within each cmd.exe session, each drive has its own current
> >> directory.
> >
> > ---
> > ? ? ? ?Right. ?That's a cmd.exe-ism ?-- As Christofpher F. says,
> > it's not been true in Cygwin in a long time (I don't remember it being
> > true, ever, but I never tried using it to see if it was supported).
> Fair enough. All the more reason to remove support for "C:" then.
> Btw, C: still does work for cd, e.g. 'cd C:' or 'cd C:Users', both in
> bash and in zsh. How come?

Funny.  In tcsh it does not work.  The difference is in the strace
suggests that tcsh calls `chdir ("c:")':

  -csh 2372 chdir: dir 'c:'
  -csh 2372 normalize_posix_path: src c:
  -csh 2372 cwdstuff::get: posix /home/corinna
  -csh 2372 cwdstuff::get: (/home/corinna) = cwdstuff::get (0xD80808, 32768, 1, 0), errno 9
  -csh 2372 normalize_posix_path: /home/corinna/c: = normalize_posix_path (c:)
  -csh 2372 mount_info::conv_to_win32_path: conv_to_win32_path (/home/corinna/c:)

normalize_posix_path() only recognizes a DOS path if it starts with
"x:/", "x:\" or "\", so "c:" is not a DOS path, rather just some
arbitrary filename.  Therefore "c:" results in an absolute path of
"/home/corinna/c:", which doesn't exist.

And that's what happens in bash:

  bash 2516 mount_info::conv_to_posix_path: conv_to_posix_path (c:, no-keep-rel, no-add-slash)
  bash 2516 normalize_win32_path: C: = normalize_win32_path (c:)
  bash 2516 mount_info::conv_to_posix_path: /cygdrive/c = conv_to_posix_path (c:)

  [... bash calls stat to check if the dir exists ...]

  bash 2516 chdir: dir '/cygdrive/c'
So apparently bash calls cygwin_conv_path(CCP_WIN_A_TO_POSIX, ...), this
treats all incoming paths as Windows paths, the path is converted to a
POSIX path, then bash calls stat to check if the file is an existing
directory, and only then it calls chdir with the POSIX path.

I assume zsh is doing something similar.


Corinna Vinschen                  Please, send mails regarding Cygwin to
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