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The Cygwin User Guide on path names
- From: Ken Brown <kbrown at cornell dot edu>
- To: cygwin <cygwin at cygwin dot com>
- Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:16:14 -0400
- Subject: The Cygwin User Guide on path names
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The section on path names in the user guide
(https://cygwin.com/cygwin-ug-net/using.html#using-pathnames) strikes me
as misleading when it says in the first sentence, "Cygwin supports both
POSIX- and Win32-style paths." I think it would be better to say "The
Cygwin DLL" and to emphasize that Cygwin applications do *not*
necessarily support Win32 paths. See
for a recent example where this has come up. It's also come up in
connection with git and emacs and probably many other applications.
The documentation also says, "The usage of Win32 paths, though possible,
is deprecated...." I wonder if this should be strengthened to say
something like, "The usage of Win32 paths, though possible, is strongly
deprecated and may be removed in a future release of Cygwin."
I'll be glad to prepare a documentation patch.
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