When did Windows start accepting forward slash as a path separator?
oussoren at cistron.nl
Fri Sep 26 14:44:30 CEST 2003
On 26 sep 2003, at 5:50, Jules Dubois wrote:
> The Windows kernels are the same. The internals of the operating
> accept either.
That's not entirely true, in WinNT derivatives the backslash is the
real seperator at the kernel level, the Win32 perform some conversion
that allows forward slashes and recognizes special files like CON, PRN,
To make live even more interesting, only unicode paths with backslashes
as seperators can address all files (at least when I last looked at it
about 2 years ago). When using unicodepaths you can use '\\?\' as a
prefix on paths to turn off the conversion I mention above (see
fileio/base/naming_a_file.asp). The fun you can have on windows, I've
managed to create files that cannot be removed :-)
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