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Re: more info on cvs
On Mon, Apr 30, 2001 at 03:48:32PM -0400, Charles Wilson wrote:
>Technically, I think the cvs protocol itself expects that paths are
>specified using backslash. However, certain implementations/ports of
>cvs to native windows have relaxed that, so that Windows users can use
>"normal" backslashes when specifying pathnames. Then, netbeans/forte
>took that laxness as license (or perhaps the developers at Sun just
>said, "Hey, windows -- paths have backslashes -- okay, we'll do that
>What we're left with is this: we can either (a) limit pathnames to using
>only '/' as specified by the spec (which also, BTW, explicitly *allows*
>'\' as a normal char in a filename !!!), or (b) violate the spec and
>adapt cvs on cygwin to explicitly convert '\' to '/' every time.
>The problem is, some remote system to which your local cygwin-cvs client
>talks, might have a file with a *legal* name containing '\'. What do we
>I'm in favor of (b), and treat the "problem" above as another
>windows-ism (like the fact that "aux" is an illegal name on windows but
>is FINE everywhere else on the planet...)
>P.S. Sorry for being slow to respond, Heitzso, but I've been very busy
>with (a) my job (b) cygwin release 1.3.0^H1, (c) ncurses release 5.2-5
>lately. :-) I "maintain" about 20 packages and it's getting to be
I'd actually be in favor of the "do nothing since it isn't broken"
While the Cygwin DLL does try to do the right thing with MS-DOS paths I
don't see any urgent need to adapt every tool that comes with Cygwin to
do the same. The point of Cygwin is that it is supposed to provide a
UNIX environment. I certainly don't want to see package maintainers
spending their precious time fiddling with sources to accomodate MS-DOS
Whether you do take time to do this is, of course, up to you Chuck.
I appreciate your maintainership very much but I don't want to add
to your burden unduly.
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