How to uniformly point to the root of a drive?

Lev Bishop
Mon May 21 16:45:00 GMT 2007

On 5/21/07, Corinna Vinschen <> wrote:
> On May 21 15:46, Dave Korn wrote:
> > On 21 May 2007 15:30, Corinna Vinschen wrote:
> > > so we can change cygcheck to handle this unambiguously.
> >
> >   cygpath.
> Right.  Unfortunately I just found that -m is sometimes used as a modifier
> (-dm makes sense) and sometimes standalone (-m instead of -w).
> Actually it seems to be better to disallow only combinations which
> explicitely don't make sense, but to allow any combination which make
> *some* sort of sense.  The rules would be, afaics
> - Don't allow -d with -l.
> - Allow any other mix of -d, -l, -m and -w.
> - Don't allow -u with any of the above flags.
> Did I miss one?

What about -s?

As i hinted in my previous message, the flags handling in cygpath is
For example:
*) "-t mixed" and "-m" are treated differently wrt the "system" options.
*) You can have "-l" and "-s" in effect at the same time (which
literally means "convert to a short path and then convert back to a
long path" -- maybe this is useful, eg it does filename case
normalization, and checks to see if the file exists, but it seems odd)
*) Options read from a file with "-o" are processed differently to
options on the commandline (for example, in that case the most recent
of -s and -l takes precedence, rather than both in effect at once.)

Also, in case you missed it some other bug causes "-l" with a
nonexistent file to five a corrupted output


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