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From: John Maddock (John_Maddock_at_[hidden])
Date: 2002-01-30 07:07:37

>It depends. Many times yes. Much of the software I have worked on recently

>needed to create and store paths that worked on UNIX and Windows. Since
>Windows handles forward slashes but UNIX doesn't handle backslashes we
>converted everything to forward slashes.
>Even without that need though, if I create a directory programmatically
>part of the name comes from the user then I could easily have mixed
>separators. For instance, if the user entered "projects\myclass.cpp" and I

>appended that to "/home/jason" then the result is
>"/home/jason/projects\myclass.cpp". To convert this to backslashes, the
>policy needs to recognize that both slash and backslash are valid
>separators on Win32.

Surely the whole point is that we would use the pathname class to handle
programmatic creation of pathnames:

pathname path; // current directory
std::cout << path;

prints ./foo/bar on unix but .\foo\bar on win32 and :foo:bar on the mac.

- John Maddock

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