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From: "Conrad Scott" <Conrad DOT Scott AT dsl DOT pipex DOT com>
To: <cygwin-developers AT cygwin DOT com>
Subject: stat vs open w/ ".exe"
Date: Fri, 5 Jul 2002 14:28:09 +0100
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I think this has been discussed before but I've searched the
mailing lists to no avail, so here goes.

If you *stat* a file with no suffix, e.g. /bin/bash, it will
succeed if there is a file /bin/bash.exe.

If you *open* a file with no suffix, it doesn't succeed in that

(So "ls /bin/bash" succeeds and "strings /bin/bash" fails.)

In other words, stat(2) also checks for the file with a .exe
extension, while open(2) doesn't.  The difference comes down to
the call to cygheap->fdtab.build_fhandler_from_name() in vs that in

Is this a bug or a deliberate decision? and if the latter, why so?

// Conrad

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