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From: David Abrahams (dave_at_[hidden])
Date: 2004-08-18 07:32:32

Jeremy Maitin-Shepard <jbms_at_[hidden]> writes:

> I brought this up a while ago. I believe Beman stated as a rationale
> for this behavior that he and other boost developers and users like to
> use Windows native paths in Cygwin, using Cygwin as an environment for
> Windows software development.

I think that's a bad rationale. In point of fact most cygwin tools
can handle either path format, but the native representation is
indeed a POSIX one.

> You can define BOOST_POSIX when compiling to force POSIX path handling.
> Arguably, POSIX should be the default on Cygwin, since it is designed to
> be a POSIX emulation environment, and many users surely use it as such.

Yeah. But IMO on cygwin boost::filesystem should handle both formats.

Dave Abrahams
Boost Consulting

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