[Openmcl-devel] directory component of logical pathname?

Gary Byers gb at clozure.com
Wed Feb 4 20:43:26 PST 2004

On Tue, 3 Feb 2004, Peter Seibel wrote:

> I'm running openmcl 0.14<mumble> and I observed that if I make a
> logical pathname with make-pathname and don't specify a directory
> component, it defaults to (:absolute). Why is that?
> -Peter
> --
> Peter Seibel                                      peter at javamonkey.com

Sorry for not responding earlier.

My (dim) recollection is that this was added a couple of years ago
in an attempt to fix some case involving MERGE-PATHNAMES.  In hindsight,
it doesn't look right; clicking around in CLHS for a while didn't
lead me to anything that clearly stated that it was wrong (which,
if true, would suggest that it's just permissible implementation-
dependent behavior.)

How's that for a definitive, authoritative answer ?

Gary Byers
gb at clozure.com

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