188.8.131.52 Windows Separators and Drive Letters
On Unix, directories in a file name are separated by a forward slash
(`/'). On Windows, directories are separated by a backward slash
(`\'). For example, the Unix file `dir/file' on Windows would
On Unix, a list of directories is normally separated by a colon
(`:'). On Windows, a list of directories is normally separated by
a semicolon (`;'). For example, a simple Unix search path might
look like this: `/bin:/usr/bin'. The same search path on Windows
would probably look like this: `c:\bin;c:\usr\bin'.
On Unix, the file system is a single tree rooted at the directory simply
named `/'. On Windows, there are multiple file system trees.
Absolute file names often start with a drive letter followed by a colon.
Windows maintains a default drive, and a default directory on each
drive, which can make it difficult for a program to convert a relative
file name into the absolute file name intended by the user. Windows
permits referring to files on other systems by using a file name which
starts with two slashes followed by a system name.