Cygwin: Open or Closed System? (was: two problems with cygwin's zip)

Fred T. Hamster
Tue Jun 26 16:08:00 GMT 2001

  i was just doing some research to make sure i wasn't overstating this 
case for win32 pathnames, because i'm always willing to concede i might 
be off on the wrong track.  certainly i am confused about things 
sometimes.  but i don't think this is one of those times.
  within the cygwin user guide documentation, i find the following text 
in the section "expectations for windows programmers" ( ) :

        All tools may be used from the Microsoft command line prompt, 
with full support for normal Windows pathnames.

that text would seem to indicate fairly strongly that cygwin is actually 
intended to support "normal windows pathnames" after all.  a big issue 
for me at least is that cygwin does not in fact support "normal windows 
pathnames" currently.  is that statement of support above just marketing 
lingo, or is it a real commitment?  i sincerely hope that it's real.
  here are some examples of the path treatment i'm seeing...  note that 
the first path is a normal windows pathname, but it doesn't work.  the 
second is a mixture of path conventions, but it does work.  these 
commands were entered in an ms command prompt.

] ls l:\source\lib_src\library\basis\a*
ls.exe: l:\source\lib_src\library\basis\a*: No such file or directory

] ls l:\source\lib_src\library\basis/a*
....etc files starting with 'A'....

  i'm assuming that 'ls' uses glob(), which would seem to make this 
issue relevant to the cygwin dll.

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