Subject: Re: mkdir with trailing / (patch proposed)
To: None <>
From: Jed Davis <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 04/28/2002 21:32:26
Rick Kelly <> writes:

> Greg A. Woods said:
>>UTSL!  I.e. read Lions or any one of the freely available Unix releases
>>-- and be assured the code is nearly identical in function even in the
>>most modern commercial Unix.  There's nothing "ancient" about this
>>feature except its heritage, which speaks only to its importance and
>>longevity.  In Unix one or more slashes at any point in a directory
>>pathname, including at the end, are and have always been, treated as a
>>single separator.
> I'm scratching my head over this.
> On 1.5.3RC1 and a recent -current I can:
> mkdir -p //foo//bar//
> without a problem and create /foo/bar.
> Was the failure mode something different?

I can "mkdir foo/" fine, but if I access mkdir(2) more directly, by
e.g.  perl -e 'mkdir "foo/" or die $!' (I assume this would also work
directly from C), it dies on ENOENT ("No such file or directory").

I assume that's what they mean.


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