FAQ 5.36 Why can't I use "C:\temp\foo" in DOS paths? Why doesn't `C:\temp\foo.exe` work?



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5.36: Why can't I use "C:\temp\foo" in DOS paths? Why doesn't `C:\temp\foo.exe` work?

Whoops! You just put a tab and a formfeed into that filename! Remember
that within double quoted strings ("like\this"), the backslash is an
escape character. The full list of these is in "Quote and Quote-like
Operators" in perlop. Unsurprisingly, you don't have a file called
"c:(tab)emp(formfeed)oo" or "c:(tab)emp(formfeed)oo.exe" on your legacy
DOS filesystem.

Either single-quote your strings, or (preferably) use forward slashes.
Since all DOS and Windows versions since something like MS-DOS 2.0 or so
have treated "/" and "\" the same in a path, you might as well use the
one that doesn't clash with Perl--or the POSIX shell, ANSI C and C++,
awk, Tcl, Java, or Python, just to mention a few. POSIX paths are more
portable, too.



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