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From: Matthias Kaeppler (nospam_at_[hidden])
Date: 2005-07-15 00:46:08

Victor A. Wagner Jr. wrote:
> '/' works just fine in Windows, always has except from a command shell
> if it's an error in boost, then there is an error in boost

I am using Boost.filesystem for my filemanager and I also noticed that
it's extremely harsh with naming conventions for paths.
However, since this discussion comes up periodically, I recall that
someone said that's because the library is also supposed to run on more
exotic platforms which use a totally different syntax for addressing
files than the average Linux or Windows user is used to.
Though I can't recall the name, a (today quite dated) OS was mentioned,
which doesn't use slashes or backslashes at all to address files. That's
why using both slashes and backslashes is platform dependent and that's
also why filesystem throws when you don't use native together with '/'
or '\'.

(Then again however the native keyword looks rather useless, because
there *is* no syntax which works for all platforms and so you are forced
to use native).

Matthias Kaeppler

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