Something funny about Windows

Les Mikesell lesmikesell at
Thu Dec 15 16:02:08 UTC 2005

On Thu, 2005-12-15 at 09:49, rengland at wrote:
> >>
> >> >From the MS documetation ...
> >>
> >>
> >> us/fileio/fs/naming_a_file.asp
> >>
> The classic case is the creation of a directory called "test" in *nix.

There is nothing magic about a directory or any other file named
test.  You might be surprised at what happens when you try to
execute a command named "test" without supplying the path to
it - at least if you don't already know it is a shell built-in.
In *nix, connections to devices are always through filenames
connected by their major/minor device numbers instead of magic
in the name itself.  Except Linux cheats on the network devices
and doesn't bother with putting eth0 (etc.) in the filesystem with
associated permissions.

  Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at

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