[armedbear-devel] jar pathnames should be :ABSOLUTE

Mark Evenson evenson at panix.com
Sun Mar 14 10:30:05 UTC 2010

After further analysis, I concede that the directory portion of jar 
Pathnames should be :ABSOLUTE and not :RELATIVE.  I'm not sure how long 
such a re-implementation will take, but it's in-progress. I'd like to 
get it finished before we release 0.19, but we'll see.

I'd like to preserve keeping the namestring of a jar pathname congruent 
to the JAR URL syntax (i.e. "jar:URL!/ENTRY") so that even when ENTRY 
contains an :ABSOLUTE directory, the printing of a double slash is 
suppressed.  But whether this means I should not allow :RELATIVE 
directories in a jar pathname or not I am not sure.  Maybe a jar 
pathname with a :RELATIVE directory doesn't have a namestring 
representation?  Opinions on this are welcome.

"A screaming comes across the sky.  It has happened before, but there
is nothing to compare to it now."

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