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class PATH General cluster: elks description: "Objects representing a path, i.e. a way to identify a file or a directory for the current underlying platform. A path is made of two components: 1 - an optional root which can either be: a - a drive letter followed by colon on Windows, i.e. %"C:%" or %"C:\%" b - %"/%" for UNIX root directory. c - %"\%" for Windows root directory. d - %"\\server\share%" or %"\\server\share\%" for Microsoft UNC path. 2 - a sequence of zero or more names. A path is absolute if it has a root, and on windows if the root is a drive, then it should be followed by %"\%". Otherwise a path is relative. Validity ======== The current class will not check the validity of filenames. Check your file system for your operating system manual for the list of invalid characters. Windows consideration ===================== When the root of a Windows path is a drive, be aware of the following behavior: 1 - %"C:filename.txt%" refers to the file name %"filename.txt%" in the current directory    on drive %"C:%". 2 - %"C:sub\filename.txt%" refers to the file name %"filename.txt%" in a subdirectory %"sub%"    of the current directory on drive %"C:%". 3 - %"C:\sub\filename.txt%" refers to the file name %"filename.txt%" in a subdirectory %"sub%"    located at the root of the drive %"C:%". Both forward and backslashes are accepted, but forward slashes are internally converted to backward slashes whenever they are used to construct a path. On Windows, there is a limit of 259 characters for a path. If you need to create a larger path, you can do so by using the following conventions which will let you have paths of about 32,767 characters: 1 - Use \\?\ for non-UNC path and let the rest unchanged. 2 - Use \\?\UNC\server\share for UNC path and let the rest unchanged. The above path cannot be used to specify a relative path. To know more about Windows paths, read the %"Naming Files, Paths, and Namespaces%" document located at:  http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/aa365247(v=vs.85).aspx Unicode consideration ===================== The PATH class treats strings as sequence of Unicode characters, i.e. an instance of a READABLE_STRING_8 or descendant will be treated as if characters in the range 128 .. 255 were Unicode code points. This contrasts to the FILE/DIRECTORY classes where to preserve backward compatibility, those characters are treated as is. Mixed-encoding consideration ============================ Most operating systems have conventions for paths that are incompatible with Unicode. On UNIX, in a sequence of names, each name is just a null-terminated byte sequence, it does not follow any specific encoding. Usually the locale setting enables you to see the filename the way you expect. On Windows, the sequence of names is made of null-terminated UTF-16 code unit sequence. Windows does not guarantee that the sequence is actually a valid UTF-16 sequence. In other words, when there is an invalid UTF-8 encoding on UNIX, or an invalid UTF-16 encoding on Windows, the filename is not directly representable as a Unicode string. To make it possible to create and store paths in a textually representable form, the query name will create an encoded representation that can be then later used in make_from_string to create a PATH equivalent to the original path. The encoding is described in UTF_CONVERTER's note clause and is a fourth variant of the recommended practice for replacement characters in Unicode (see http://www.unicode.org/review/pr-121.html). Immutability ============ Instances of the current class are immutable." create: make_from_pointer, make_from_storage, make_from_normalized_storage, make_empty, make_current, make_from_string, make_from_separate Ancestors COMPARABLE* DEBUG_OUTPUT* HASHABLE* NATIVE_STRING_HANDLER Queries absolute_path: PATH absolute_path_in (a_current_directory: PATH): PATH appended (a_extra: READABLE_STRING_GENERAL): PATH appended_with_extension (a_ext: READABLE_STRING_GENERAL): PATH canonical_path: PATH components: ARRAYED_LIST [PATH] debug_output: READABLE_STRING_32 directory_separator: CHARACTER_8 entry: detachable PATH extended (a_name: READABLE_STRING_GENERAL): PATH extended_path alias "+" (a_path: PATH): PATH extension: detachable IMMUTABLE_STRING_32 has_extension (a_ext: READABLE_STRING_GENERAL): BOOLEAN has_root: BOOLEAN hash_code: INTEGER_32 is_absolute: BOOLEAN is_case_insensitive_equal (other: PATH): BOOLEAN is_case_sensitive_equal (other: PATH): BOOLEAN is_current_symbol: BOOLEAN is_empty: BOOLEAN is_equal (other: [like Current] PATH): BOOLEAN is_greater alias ">" (other: [like Current] PATH): BOOLEAN is_greater_equal alias ">=" (other: [like Current] PATH): BOOLEAN is_hashable: BOOLEAN is_less alias "<" (other: [like Current] PATH): BOOLEAN is_less_equal alias "<=" (other: [like Current] PATH): BOOLEAN is_parent_symbol: BOOLEAN is_relative: BOOLEAN is_same_file_as (a_path: PATH): BOOLEAN is_simple: BOOLEAN max (other: [like Current] PATH): [like Current] PATH min (other: [like Current] PATH): [like Current] PATH name: IMMUTABLE_STRING_32 native_string: NATIVE_STRING out: STRING_8 parent: PATH root: detachable PATH same_as (other: detachable PATH): BOOLEAN three_way_comparison (other: [like Current] PATH): INTEGER_32 Unix_separator: CHARACTER_8 utf_8_name: STRING_8 Windows_separator: CHARACTER_8 Commands copy (other: [like Current] PATH) Constraints little endian windows even count on windows no forward slash on windows
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