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bug#8132: 23.1; comint shell replaces \ in paths with /

From: Zeljko Vrba
Subject: bug#8132: 23.1; comint shell replaces \ in paths with /
Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2011 15:59:07 +0100
User-agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.1; en-US; rv: Gecko/20100317 Thunderbird/3.0.4

On 2011-02-28 4:32 AM, Stefan Monnier wrote:
On Windows 7 (64-bit mod), run M-x shell, and try to do any filename
expansion.  All backslashes (even
manually typed!) are converted to forward slashes upon tab-expansion.

Yes, that's the expected behavior.  Could you explain why it's
a problem?

It is a problem because commands built in to cmd.exe (and also external commands) interpret slash as a command-line switch character. So you end up with the following situation:

--> comint expanded \ to / : del ../lpeg-0.10.2/re.html
Invalid switch - "lpeg-0.10.2".

In short, it breaks all native windows command-line tools.

Best regards,

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