Bye bye //c?

Christopher Faylor cgf@redhat.com
Wed May 23 20:46:00 GMT 2001


On Wed, May 23, 2001 at 06:28:02PM -0400, Earnie Boyd wrote:
>Christopher Faylor wrote:
>> 
>> I am thinking of taking the drastic step of getting rid of //c?
>> 
>
>Yeah!!!
>
>> Any comments on this?  Should we just make it configurable with
>> a cygwin option:
>> 
>> set cygwin=deprecated_drive_access
>> 
>> ?
>> 
>
>No.  How about changing the value of CYGWIN_INFO_CYGDRIVE_DEFAULT_PREFIX
>to `/'?

I've never been a fan of changing the default to '/' so, there's the first
hurdle.

The second hurdle is the one of causing complete and total confusion for
everyone who uses the new release.  They wouldn't be able to use //c and,
if they were aware of /cygdrive/c, they wouldn't be able to use that either.

So, I'm definitely not going to do this.

In other words:

YES:
Q: Why did you get rid of //c?  It seemed to be working fine.

A: //c was an ill-advised way of accessing local drives in Cygwin.
Cygwin's previous use of // conflicted with the mechanism that Windows
used to access remote "shares".  This meant that you could never access
a share named //a, //b, //c, etc.  under Cygwin.


NO:
Q: Why can't I access my /c directory?  It seemed to be working fine before.

A: Because we thought that it would be more likely that you'd have a
share named c than a directory named c?

cgf



More information about the Cygwin-developers mailing list