Concern about recent patch

Mark E.
Mon Jun 26 13:36:00 GMT 2000

Hi guys,
I'm very concerned about this change:

2000-06-25  Alexander Aganichev <>

	* ar.c (normalize): Advance past both characters in a DOS based
	<letter>: filepath prefix.
	(main): Likewise.
	* bucomm.c (make_tempname): Likewise.

I believe this patch should be reverted. For example, let variable 'file' 
contain 'c:nm.o'.

    if (filename == NULL && file[0] != '\0' && file[1] == ':')
      filename = file + 2;
[filename now points to 'nm.o']

  if (filename != (char *) NULL)

[Oops! filename now points to 'm.o']

One solution is to revert the patch. But I'd also be in favor of replacing 
this mess with basename and let it deal with the dirty work.


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