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Re: UNC paths in TeX
- From: Igor Pechtchanski <pechtcha at cs dot nyu dot edu>
- To: Sam Steingold <sds at gnu dot org>
- Cc: cygwin at cygwin dot com
- Date: Mon, 5 Jan 2004 17:59:23 -0500 (EST)
- Subject: Re: UNC paths in TeX
- References: <email@example.com>
- Reply-to: cygwin at cygwin dot com
Jan already answered this question (and provided a pointer to the
documentation), but for completeness' sake...
On Mon, 5 Jan 2004, Sam Steingold wrote:
> > * Igor Pechtchanski <firstname.lastname@example.org> [2004-01-05 16:28:16 -0500]:
> > On Mon, 5 Jan 2004, Sam Steingold wrote:
> >> It appears that TeX does not support UNC paths while ls does.
> > Which TeX?
That's what I assumed.
> >> This is strange (I expected that to be handled transparently by the dll)
> > Some applications "optimize" two leading slashes into one slash. This
> > happens before the Cygwin DLL has a chance to see the path. Issuing
> > "mount '\\host\path' /host/path" before the first command below should
> > verify whether this guess is correct.
> $ mount //host/path/path1/path2 /host/path/path1/path2
> mount: warning - /host/path/path1/path2 does not exist.
> mount: defaulting to '--no-executable' flag for speed since native path
> references a remote share. Use '-f' option to override.
> mount: /host/path/path1/path2: Permission denied
Hmm, strange. Can you create system mounts? If not, try "mount -u"
> >> $ TEXINPUTS=//host/path:.: pdflatex gdm.tex
> >> ....
> >> ! LaTeX Error: File `oubraces.sty' not found.
> >> ...
> >> $ TEXINPUTS=/cygdrive/x/path:.: pdflatex gdm.tex
> >> fine
> >> $ ls //host/path
> >> total 4
> >> 4 oubraces.sty
> >> $
> >> is this a known bug?
> > Look in the TeTeX sources (I assume you're running tetex). I suspect
> > this may be a feature that'll need to be disabled in the Cygwin
> > version of TeTeX.
> is it really a good idea to do on any platform?
Sometimes it is... For example, if you're concatenating two variables
with a '/' between them (e.g., $a/$b), and the first one ($a) is set to
> >> can I hope for a fix?
> > Perhaps Jan (the tetex maintainer) has enough familiarity with the
> > code to be able to tell offhand how large of an effort this is.
> Jan, would you please look at this?
I believe he did.
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