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SubjectRe: [BUG] Generic syscalls -- chmod vs. fchmodat
On Tue, Jan 25, 2011 at 09:45:15AM -0800, Roland McGrath wrote:

> the empty string has never been a valid relative pathname.

Hmm. I definitely recall otherwise.

The old Unix definition is that the empty string stands for "."
so that 'ls ""' means the same as 'ls .'
and 'ls /tmp/""' the same as 'ls /tmp/.'.

Let me try.

On a recent Linux system:

% ls -l ""
ls: cannot access : No such file or directory

On an old Unix system:

# ls -l ""
drwxr-xr-x 2 bin 1040 Jan 1 1970 bin
drwxr-xr-x 2 bin 352 Jan 1 1970 dev
drwxr-xr-x 2 bin 304 Aug 20 12:39 etc
...

Andries


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