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From "Benjamin Bentmann (JIRA)" <j...@codehaus.org>
Subject [jira] Created: (MNG-4464) Improve handling of relative paths with backslashes
Date Mon, 23 Nov 2009 17:55:55 GMT
Improve handling of relative paths with backslashes
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                 Key: MNG-4464
                 URL: http://jira.codehaus.org/browse/MNG-4464
             Project: Maven 2
          Issue Type: Improvement
          Components: POM
    Affects Versions: 3.0-alpha-4, 2.2.1
         Environment: Unix, Mac
            Reporter: Benjamin Bentmann
            Priority: Minor


Consider this snippet:
{code:xml}
<parent>
  <relativePath>..\pom.xml</relativePath>
</parent>
{code}

Note in particular the backslash used in the path. While this path will be properly resolved
on a Windows box, it will fail to resolve the local parent on a Unix/Mac box (as the backslash
is not a separator but escape character here). This applies to other paths in the POM as well.

For platform-independent behavior, we should either encourage the user to use forward slashes
(by means of validation warnings/errors) or have Maven convert the paths internally.

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