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Re: [Gnu-arch-users] Re: Trying out the new escaping version...

From: David A. Wheeler
Subject: Re: [Gnu-arch-users] Re: Trying out the new escaping version...
Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2004 18:16:44 GMT

> On Fri, 2004-03-19 at 12:52, David A. Wheeler wrote:
> > Under Windows, the prefix \\ has special meanings.
> > For example, \\<server>\<share> is an important way
> > to access a file on computer "server" in its "share" directory.
> > Details at:
> >
> > 
> > This will cause serious problems if "\" is used for another purpose.
> > It would be bizarre if a user had to enter
> > tla add \\\\server\share\stuff
> Not bizarre, expected. Thats precisely what they have to enter now when
> using any shell that supports escaping.

But the default shell for Windows does NOT support escaping using "\".
Thus, the "\" causes lots of weird problems.  This works in Windows:
 dir \\server\drive

> It's bizarre to claim you provide 'shell' scripting when you don't even
> provide a unicode, long file path capable shell in your own OS.

Please don't ask me to defend their design decisions, or
what they've chosen not to improve :-).  I didn't build it :-).

--- David A. Wheeler <address@hidden>

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