R P Herrold herrold@owlriver.com
Tue Aug 16 18:26:00 GMT 2011

On Mon, 15 Aug 2011, Charles Hyder wrote:

> Turns out, the include path for dvips's map files is
> /usr/shar/texmf/fonts/map// (!) Here, the "//" means "search all
> subdirectories", of course.

I have to admit ignorance here of this seeming common 
knowledge.  How does adding a second slash to the end of a 
path indicate such a search, let alone assuming it to be 
common 'of course' knowledge

Where is this documented, as it severely 'breaks expectation' 
that a path specification is permitted to have 'extra' 
adjacent path-separators.  An additional expectation is that a 
directory specification may be 'normalized' at any time, and 
is NOT overloaded with some 'secret' "search sub-paths" option

man 1 dirname

-- Russ herrold

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