Mike Dvorkin wrote:
> Don't think it was DEC. On PDP-11/RSX and VAX/VMS directories were
> enclosed in square brackets, something like SY:[0,1] or
> DUA0:[SYS$ROOT.DIR.SUBDIR], always with unique [ ] delimiters.
> 
> Best,
> Mike Dvorkin
> http://www.rubywizards.com
> 
> 
> On Sep 6, 2006, at 2:16 PM, 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?'
>>
>> --Rick DeNatale
>>
>> My blog on Ruby
>> http://talklikeaduck.denhaven2.com/
>>
> 
> 
> 
Yes, and the forward slash was used to designate options.