Subject: Re: Linux emulation and mkdir with trailing /
To: Alan Barrett <email@example.com>
From: Greywolf <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 09/25/2000 15:18:25
On Mon, 25 Sep 2000, Alan Barrett wrote:
# Saith Greg Woods.
# > Why not? If you don't know for sure that "bar" is an existing directory
# > file before you run such a command then why would you expect the
# > trailing '/' to do anything special?
# If bar is a non-directory file, why would you expect to be able to
# open "bar/" (with a trailing slash)? What's the point of the trailing
1. The whole trailing slash thing is something I've seen in the past --
if it ended in '/', it tended to reference, e.g., "foo/.". The
reference is implicit and is historically supported, viz:
rm: foo/: Is a directory
# ls /bin/chmod/
ls: /bin/chmod/: Not a directory
Now, I can't quote for its being historically supported by Missed 'em
III or V for sure, but to have something that ends in "/" refer to
a regular file violates the Principle of Least Astonishment.
2. What direction do the majority of the ULOS lean (one should check
Solaris, AIX, IRIX, HP/UX, OSF/2 and Linux to be sure; does SCO
3. What's POSIX got to say about it?
BSD: it'll be there when you're ready for it.