Added some interesting functionality to my cygwin sandbox

Elfyn McBratney
Mon Jun 30 16:00:00 GMT 2003

On Mon, 30 Jun 2003, Christopher Faylor wrote:

> On Mon, Jun 30, 2003 at 05:18:39PM +0200, Corinna Vinschen wrote:
> >On Mon, Jun 30, 2003 at 10:47:16AM -0400, Christopher Faylor wrote:
> >> On Mon, Jun 30, 2003 at 04:41:46PM +0200, Corinna Vinschen wrote:
> >> >On Mon, Jun 30, 2003 at 10:29:32AM -0400, Christopher Faylor wrote:
> >> >>Does this reference the a: drive or the a: directory?  I'm assuming
> >> >>that it should probably be the a: directory in those cases where your
> >> >>current directory is one that has the proper bit set but this makes me
> >> >>slightly uncomfortable since it is such a departure from the way cygwin
> >> >>used to work.
> >> >>
> >> >>Any thoughts?
> >> >
> >> >The a: directory if the mount flag is set and the directory exists.
> >>
> >> If I just make this conditional on the existence of an a: file or
> >> directory you'll never be able to create a new a: .
> >
> >Uh, sure.  Hmm, in that case, do you have any choice?  If the mount
> >flag is set, access the directory, otherwise the drive.  I don't see
> >how you could do it different.
> The only other thing I could do is announce that [a-z]: are "special"
> and not allow creation of those kind of directories.  Probably not
> a good idea.

Maybe this is to be expected, but as soon as a Cygwin user see's this feature,
uses it wrong, throws up on the list, everyone else catches's be the
next where is `su'!? :-)

BTW, is this using URL encoding or character shifting? I'm just thinking of
those poor setup.exe users who were frightened by the URL-encoded directories in
their cache. I'm thinking Mutt and Maildir here...

Perhaps it'd be best to keep it as a non-advertised "quirk". :-)


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