For anyone who cares, this seems to be an issue unique to the 1.8.6 
(2007-03-13 patchlevel 0) [i386-mswin32] version of Ruby I have.  I have 
not tried other patch levels of 1.8.6, but I have tried 1.8.7 and 1.9.1, 
and they both work as expected.

Dave



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