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From: Gustavo Guerra (gmcg_at_[hidden])
Date: 2004-01-25 22:48:45

I tried to search for this on the list archives but didn't find anything, so
forgive me if it was already discussed.

Why does branch_path return path("") with simple paths like "file.ext"?
Would'nt it make more sense to return path(".")? At least that was I was
expecting. I had to go carefully see at documentation to discover it wasn't
like that, because in other place in the docs its writen "A non-empty path
is specified as a precondition because an empty path is almost certainly an
This way, for example, if I have some code that gets the parent directory of
a path and then uses that in other path operations, I'm forced to make
special cases checking for has_branch_path, when if it returned "." it would
work better for most cases. Was this discussed and there is a reason for
this? Can someone point me to it? I think this falls on the same category as
not throwing an exception on remove.

Gustavo Guerra

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