Cygwin and x: directory

Adam Dinwoodie
Mon Jul 15 11:20:00 GMT 2013

On 15 July 2013 11:40, Corinna Vinschen wrote:
> On Jul 12 20:09, Nellis, Kenneth wrote:
>> IMHO, this makes an interesting problem (unrelated to git):
>> Shell script prompts user for file name.
>> User enters "x:".
>> Script proceeds as follows:
>> $ mkdir tmpdir
>> $ touch tmpdir/x:
>> $ # useful work done here
>> $ rm -r tmpdir
>> rm: cannot remove `tmpdir/x:': No such file or directory
>> rm: cannot remove `tmpdir': Directory not empty
>> $
> That's a problem of how recursive rm works.  It chdir's into
> the subdirs it's working on and then calls "x:" which is recognized
> as drive prefix of a windows path.  `rm ./x:' works as expected.

Does that mean this is a bug in Cygwin rm that ought to be fixed
(subject to SHTDI), or that it's a limitation of Cygwin rm for which
the cure looks to be worse than the symptoms?

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