Subject: Re: mkdir with trailing / (patch proposed)
To: Jed Davis <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Allen Briggs <email@example.com>
Date: 04/28/2002 21:39:53
On Sun, Apr 28, 2002 at 09:32:26PM -0400, Jed Davis wrote:
> 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.
Yes. I think the "logic" says, "Pathnames ending in slash are
implicitly also ending in `dot'" So mkdir("foo/") is the same as
mkdir("foo/."), which doesn't make a lot of sense since one doesn't
make "." or "..". The ENOENT comes from the check for "foo", which
While I don't think it's right for applications to expect mkdir("foo/")
(or rmdir("foo/"), for that matter) to work, I wouldn't mind seeing it
accept that case under the "be liberal in what you accept" policy. I
do _not_ want to see a kernel printf() as someone suggested.
Personally, I'm ambivalent, but I haven't been bitten by it yet... :-)
Allen Briggs firstname.lastname@example.org
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