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From "Brad Nicholes" <BNICHO...@novell.com>
Subject Re: svn commit: r376473 - /apr/apr/trunk/test/testnames.c
Date Sat, 11 Feb 2006 00:24:42 GMT
>>> On 2/10/2006 at 1:47:40 pm, in message
"William A. Rowe, Jr." <wrowe@rowe-clan.net> wrote:
>> Bottom line is that neither of the results in the test seem valid
>> NetWare.  Returning APR_SUCCESS with a path of "/" seems wrong
>> an assumption is being made about what "/" means.  And returning
>> APR_EINCOMPLETE with a path of "//" seems wrong because the path
>> incomplete, it is invalid.
> Successive slashes are legal (and should be compressed).

Right, and they are being compressed inside of apr_filepath_root(). 
That's why the NetWare result is a single '/' rather than a double. 
This is exactly what the Unix implementation is doing.

> But I can see where you are right, if the Netware port doesn't accept
> '/foo' path, then it's wrong (but I thought '/foo' implies
> So we should special-case this result on Netware.
> I'm almost of a mind that since 'machine:vol\path' is the normal
syntax, and
> we have several platforms which support similar, that we might want
> permit
> '//machine/vol/path' on Netware as a portable syntax, accepting
> <shrug>.
> Bill

The problem is that //machine/vol/path on NetWare can't be done without
really hacking up the code throughout. So to avoid that, several years
ago I created a module called mod_edir.  One of its functions is
supporting remote file system access.  But it only understands the
syntax 'machine\vol:\path' which is the common way of expressing a
remote file system path on NetWare.  Bascially what mod_edir does is
switch the file IO connection under the covers so that when the path
'vol:\path' is handed to the libc file IO routines, the file path is
assumed to be on a remote file system rather than local.   Bottom line
is that NetWare server to server file access is no where near seamless
due to all of the security policies enforced by the OS.  Which is the
reason for the existence of mod_edir.


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