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# cygpath -w converts relative paths to absolute windows paths

• From: Roger Qiu <roger dot qiu at polycademy dot com>
• To: cygwin at cygwin dot com
• Date: Tue, 7 Feb 2017 14:35:58 +1100
• Subject: cygpath -w converts relative paths to absolute windows paths
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```Hi,

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I've found that `cygpath --windows '../` will give back an absolute windows path.
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I thought this would only happen if you provide the `--absolute` flag, or when the path is a special cygwin path.
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But this occurs just for normal directories.

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I have come across a situation where I need to convert ntfs symlinks to unix symlinks and back. Sometimes these symlinks have relative paths them. Now by using cygpath --windows, I get back absolute paths, which means the integrity of the symlink isn't preserved.
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Can `cygpath --windows '../directory'` give back `..\directory` for paths aren't special cygwin paths? These relative backslashes are supported in Windows right now.
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Thanks,

Roger

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