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Re: [Chicken-users] Bug in canonical-path?

From: Elf
Subject: Re: [Chicken-users] Bug in canonical-path?
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2008 03:12:18 -0700 (PDT)

On Sun, 26 Oct 2008, John Cowan wrote:

Peter Bex scripsit:

It would be better to make the behaviour be system-specific, instead of
adding flags. On Windows, *always* treat slashes as backslashes.  On Unix,
*only* accept slashes with no additional translation steps. (I'm not sure
Windows doesn't allow slashes in filenames, but I don't think it does)

Unix, of course, treats \ as an ordinary filename character.  In Windows,
\ and / are interchangeable in system calls, although the command shell,
the desktop, and other file windows and dialogue boxes don't accept \
but only /.  Inside Chicken, therefore, / is entirely portable and no
translation is ever necessary.

this is not strictly true; during installation of files (eg for chicken-setup)
some calls are done through the command shell.  the / notation has certain
other concerns as well, mostly involving drive letter.


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