Ryan Johnson ryan.johnson@cs.utoronto.ca
Tue Aug 16 18:32:00 GMT 2011

On 16/08/2011 2:26 PM, R P Herrold wrote:
> 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
AFAIK, it's a tex thing and has little or no relation to anything linux 
or unix. Other than that I tend to agree with your assessment, tho.


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