Rick DeNatale wrote:
> On 9/6/06, Berger, Daniel <Daniel.Berger / qwest.com> wrote:
> 
>>
>> Indeed.  This is why all paths generated using the pathname2 package
>> convert all forward slashes to backslashes.  Also, the various PathXXX
>> functions do NOT work with forward slashes.
> 
> 
> If only Gary Kildall had not decided to use / instead of - for
> parameter markers in CP/M, so that it wasn't taken when directories
> were added. I'm pretty sure that he's the one to blame, or did it come
> from one of the DEC operating systems he used as a model for the
> 'shell?'

Interesting question. I always assumed the /x notation
came to DOS by way of CP/M, but now I recall that it
was also in TOPS10.

And yes, that was a looong time ago. My keychain has
2000 times as much memory as the college mainframe
had then.


Hal