A defect in the pathing routines

Chris Faylor cgf@cygnus.com
Wed May 24 11:24:00 GMT 2000

On Wed, May 24, 2000 at 10:05:12AM -0700, Earnie Boyd wrote:
>I've a small program which shows a problem in the pathing routines.
>First, the problem starts because path.cc assumes that any string
>containing a \ is a win32 path.  And if it begins with \ it assumes an
>absolute win32 path.  IMO, this is wrong.  In the past cygwin supported
>the backslash for the cygwin path as well.  I think it still should.

As I've previously stated, the change was made some time ago to make
cygwin ignore the mount table when it sees a Windows path.  This is so
that people will not be confused when they specify Windows paths.  Since
the use of a backslash has no meaning on UNIX I don't see this as
a terrible thing.

That means that /tmp is not necessarily equal to \tmp.


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