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Re: Weird File::Basename::basename (yes, but)

by Anonymous Monk
on Mar 26, 2013 at 15:26 UTC ( #1025542=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Weird File::Basename::basename

Is this a bug?

Yes , I think so.

See http://perl5.git.perl.org/perl.git/blob/HEAD:/lib/File/Basename.t, its a typical bug (if a boundary condition isn't tested, chances are it'll be broken)

OTOH, on the scale of importance/severity, I would classify this bug as unimportant

FWIW, you should perlbug it just the same :) functions should do what they claim to do -- and they might as well explicitly spell out what that is instead of merely referring to the manpages -- I'll bet if the pod actually spelled out the full behaviour, there would have been a test for it in the test suite :)


Comment on Re: Weird File::Basename::basename (yes, but)
Re^2: Weird File::Basename::basename (yes, but)
by hdb (Parson) on Mar 26, 2013 at 15:43 UTC

    On the importance of this bug: In a way "./" is the neutral element in pathes in the sense of adding it anywhere in the path does not change anything (except in the middle of a name obviously).

    One exception springs to mind: When executing a command it does make a difference whether to say

    system("somecommand"); # or system("./somecommand");

    Whether or not this can happen due to the usage of basename('') in any practical example I am not sure.

      When executing a command it does make a difference whether to say "foo" or "./foo"

      not on cmd.exe, cwd is first place searched

      :) spec/basename are useful, but they're kinda low-level, I prefer abstractions like Path::Class and Badger::Filesystem and absolute paths, so file( ... )->absolute

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