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Re: directory-sep-char

From: Jason Rumney
Subject: Re: directory-sep-char
Date: 25 Nov 2001 09:57:33 +0000
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Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden> writes:

> The MS-DOS port never supported directory-sep-char (it always behaves
> as if its value were `/').  The Windows port heroically tried to
> support it for a few years, but Andrew and Jason came to the
> conclusion that it couldn't be supported in a consistent manner (even
> if you set it to `\', the forward slash keeps creeping in in all kinds
> of places, and some functions break).  So we decided to be honest and
> drop it.

IIRC, the original reason for introducing directory-sep-char was to
ensure DOS style paths got passed to subprocesses. But this problem
has since been dealt with another way, so directory-sep-char is now
only of aesthetic value on Windows.

Jason Rumney

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