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# Re: cygpath -w converts relative paths to absolute windows paths

```Hi Andrey,

Am 08.02.2017 um 11:54 schrieb Andrey Repin:
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```Greetings, Thomas Wolff!

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```Am 07.02.2017 um 16:30 schrieb Andrey Repin:
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```Greetings, Roger Qiu!

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```I've found that `cygpath --windows '../` will give back an absolute windows path.
...
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```".." is a special path, that can't be safely converted.
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```How is the special meaning of ".." so much different in Windows than in
Cygwin/Linux/POSIX that it could not be mapped?
Things like dir .., cd .., type ..\sub\file all work comparably.
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```Comparable? May be. Predictable?
https://bugs.php.net/bug.php?id=73797
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I don't know what __DIR__ is supposed to mean in PHP. Anyway, handling ".." is not predictable even within Linux/Cygwin, you could see something like:
```> ls dir1/file
dir1/file
> cd dir2
> ls ../dir1/file
No such file or directory

(if dir2 is a link), or can have surprising effects of cd vs. cd -P.
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I don't see how that should exclude ".." from being transformed to ".." by cygpath -w, even if the result may be somewhat unexpected in some border cases (which I haven't seen yet).
```------
Thomas

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