Cygwin Git with Windows paths

Andrey Repin
Tue Nov 27 14:50:00 GMT 2018

Greetings, Adam Dinwoodie!

> Personally, I don't see this as a bug; AIUI using Windows style paths
> isn't something that is supported in general in Cygwin, even if it's
> something that works in some circumstances. I acknowledge that this
> causes problems for non-Cygwin tools using Cygwin Git, but the
> solution there is to either use Cygwin aware/native versions of those
> tools, or to use non-Cygwin versions of Git.

The problem with Git is that it relies on entire POSIX ecosystem, contrary to,
say, Subversion, which is just one drop-in binary.

> In particular, I'm wary of fixing this set of interop problem
> introducing some other problem; I'd prefer Cygwin tools to fail to
> handle Windows paths entirely than the current situation where "c:"
> refers to a file of that exact name in the current directory, and
> "c:\" sometimes refers to a completely different directory, when on
> *nix systems in general both would refer to files in the current
> directory.

Then it would just make Cygwin as useless as WSL.

> I see you've raised this on the Git mailing list as well, and if the
> upstream Git package starts to handle such paths, I'll take the
> relevant patches. However since I don't consider this a bug, I'm not
> going to raise it myself.

With best regards,
Andrey Repin
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 17:33:24

Sorry for my terrible english...

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