FAQ 5.34 Why can't I use "C:\temp\foo" in DOS paths? Why doesn't `C:\temp\foo.exe` work? #4 555136

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5.34: Why can't I use "C:\temp\foo" in DOS paths?  Why doesn't `C:\temp\foo.exe` work?

    Whoops! You just put a tab and a formfeed into that filename! Remember
    that within double quoted strings ("like\this"), the backslash is an
    escape character. The full list of these is in "Quote and Quote-like
    Operators" in perlop. Unsurprisingly, you don't have a file called
    "c:(tab)emp(formfeed)oo" or "c:(tab)emp(formfeed)oo.exe" on your legacy
    DOS filesystem.

    Either single-quote your strings, or (preferably) use forward slashes.
    Since all DOS and Windows versions since something like MS-DOS 2.0 or so
    have treated "/" and "\" the same in a path, you might as well use the
    one that doesn't clash with Perl--or the POSIX shell, ANSI C and C++,
    awk, Tcl, Java, or Python, just to mention a few. POSIX paths are more
    portable, too.


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