cygpath -m behaviour change

Eric Blake
Wed Sep 18 15:26:00 GMT 2013

On 09/18/2013 08:34 AM, David Griffiths wrote:
> Hi, the script is attempting to determine the directory in which it
> exists, so CURRENT_DIR is a bit misleading. This is so that it can
> access other files in the same package relative to it (quite a common
> technique I think).
> Might be helpful to have some examples:
> /home/dgriff> mkdir test
> /home/dgriff> cd test
> /home/dgriff/test> cygpath -m "file\.."
> ./

Using \ means you are asking Windows to do the resolution, and Windows
has a known issue that it is intentionally NOT posix-compliant unless
you tweak a registry option.  But the fact that you can tweak a registry
option means that you CAN encounter machines where file\.. will fail to
resolve instead of (incorrectly optimizing) to . without first checking
whether "file/" is a directory.

> /home/dgriff/test> cygpath -m "file/.."
> cygpath: error converting "file/.." - No such file or directory

This is POSIX-mandated behavior, and since you used /, you asked for
POSIX semantics.  This is not a bug.

> Note that the backslash variant always works and all of these used to
> work under previous levels of cygwin.

The backslash variants "work" only so far as the windows registry
setting has not been tweaked to allow windows to use its non-posix

But why are you even using cygpath to try and determine the containing
directory?  'dirname' does that task, in a much more portable manner,
and without having to worry about whether 'file/..' can be abused in
spite of POSIX semantics.

Eric Blake   eblake redhat com    +1-919-301-3266
Libvirt virtualization library

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