UNC and POSIX paths

Achim Gratz Stromeko@nexgo.de
Mon Jun 17 18:01:00 GMT 2013

Andrew DeFaria writes:
> I'm trying to understand the reluctance towards "fixing the problem"
> and instead the insistence on "putting a band aid on it". So in the
> above, why would you not instead do --prefix=/usr/local?

Because some scripts try to use


rather than


or otherwise insist on adding a slash somewhere in the expansion of
directory paths without checking whether they are "" or "/".  While it'd
be preferable that these expansions be fixed, simply prepending a few
more slashes usually works when the system follows POSIX rules since
only "//" is special.

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