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From: Beman Dawes (bdawes_at_[hidden])
Date: 2004-08-22 13:56:00

At 08:32 AM 8/18/2004, David Abrahams wrote:
>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.

Boost filesystem, like cygwin, has to support both. There are significant
numbers of cygwin users for both the Windows and POSIX environments.

>> You can define BOOST_POSIX when compiling to force POSIX path handling.
>> Arguably, POSIX should be the default on Cygwin, since it is designed
>> be a POSIX emulation environment, and many users surely use it as such.
>Yeah. But IMO on cygwin boost::filesystem should handle both formats.

It does. The docs were updated after the last release to make that clearer.


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