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Date:      Fri, 16 Oct 2020 19:07:41 +0100
From:      Jon Schneider <>
To:        Polytropon <>
Cc:        Ralf Mardorf <>,
Subject:   Re: sh scripting question
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There=E2=80=99s a YouTube publisher called enderman who shows how how =
inconsistently these special CP/M and DOS file names are handled in =
Windows. He does things like create install Windows itself into con. I =
have found you can total OneNote for Windows users by creating a =
notebook called for example =E2=80=9Ccon=E2=80=9D.

Having watched these I am convinced Microsoft should have simply allowed =
them in Windows. Currently there is a horrible mess.

As for the original problem the only (and safe and portable way among =
all OSs that use C language interfaces) is to assume that the null =
character is the only safe separator in file lists. Because of the =
underlying C language interfaces.


> such as "COM1:". :-

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