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Re: [Nmh-workers] Meaning of "+." or "+.."

From: Sean Kamath
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] Meaning of "+." or "+.."
Date: Wed, 28 Feb 2007 11:22:19 -0800
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Joel Reicher wrote:
I've looked at the code now and it's quite clear that the meaning of
a folderspec beginning with either dot or double dot is relative to
the current working directory, not the Path: profile entry.

Does anyone know why or have thoughts on whether these semantics should
be kept? It seems very deliberate.

I can understand the thinking; "+/..." specifies an absolute path by
treating the leading '/' as a special case, so dot and double dot
are regarded similarly as special cases.

There's a fair bit to consider here, including implications for "+" on
its own as a folder spec. So far I'm inclined towards changing the meaning
of "+." and "+..", but I don't use these features and would prefer to hear
from people who do.

I use them all the time (+. and +../../../../alternative/path).  I'd be sad if
they went away.

Frankly, it also makes sense to me that . and .. are special cased.  Who on
earth thinks in terms of relative paths to *anything* save their current working
directory?  Every time you run across an application that starts file names from
a specified location, doesn't it feel completely wonky?  Don't you feel like
you're somehow attempting to circumvent some security thing?  I do.

My $0.02


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