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Re: shorthand attempt at 'basename file .ext'

From: Eric Blake
Subject: Re: shorthand attempt at 'basename file .ext'
Date: Sat, 29 Mar 2008 13:20:31 -0600
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According to Chris F.A. Johnson on 3/29/2008 10:53 AM:
|> Also, on platforms where // is special (such as cygwin), 'basename //'
|> and 'basename // /' should print '//', not '/', to match the behavior
of the
|> basename program on those platforms.
|   "
|     2. If string is "//", it is implementation-defined whether steps 3
|        to 6 are skipped or processed.
|   "
|   I see no reference in the spec to "// /". Can you tell me where it
|   is?

If the implementation defines "//" to be a synonym for "/" (and Linux does
this), then you can choose to process steps 3-6, but process ends in step
3 where the result is "/".

If the implementation defines "//" as distinct from "/" (as is the case on
cygwin), or if you choose to preserve "//" even though it is not special,
then you skip steps 3-6, so you don't do any suffix stripping from step 6,
and the result is "//".

Either way, "basename // /" doesn't do any suffix stripping (for that
matter, NO suffix that contains / will ever participate in suffix stripping).

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