Thanks for the info. This makes sense and it was just a fluke that I was
testing for aux etc. It looks like I'm good now.

Tim Hunter wrote:
> Well, I was waiting for somebody more experienced with Windows to chime 
> in, but...
> 
> This is nothing to do with Ruby. "aux" is a reserved device name in 
> Windows. There are others: con, prn, nul, for example. These device 
> names look like filenames but they always exist and they exist in every 
> directory. Adding an extension doesn't change anything.
> 
> Googling aux+com+dos+windows will yield a bunch of info. Here's one good 
> hit I found: 
> http://blogs.msdn.com/oldnewthing/archive/2003/10/22/55388.aspx.
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