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Bug #32162 dirname returning \ for root entries
Submitted: 2005-03-02 08:21 UTC Modified: 2005-03-20 18:11 UTC
Votes:6
Avg. Score:4.0 ± 0.6
Reproduced:6 of 6 (100.0%)
Same Version:0 (0.0%)
Same OS:4 (66.7%)
From: paul at wavebreaks dot com Assigned:
Status: No Feedback Package: Directory function related
PHP Version: 5.0.3 OS: Windows XP SP2
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2005-03-02 08:21 UTC] paul at wavebreaks dot com
Description:
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This is probably the same or related to http://bugs.php.net/bug.php?id=25450 and http://bugs.php.net/bug.php?id=18710 but since they are for Win 2k and/or closed, I thought the best bet was to open a new one.

When a path-like-string is passed to dirname, if, and only if, the last entity (file, dir) is on the root (ie: only one / in the string) then dirname returns a backslash instead of a forward slash.

There doesn't appear to be a config to tell PHP which part seperator to use, thus the dirname function is pointlessly broken unless you can guarentee it will never be given a root level entry.

This, also, breaks your example in the documentation for header() for Location: header types.

Reproduce code:
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print (dirname('/foo')."\n");
print (dirname('/foo/bar')."\n");

Expected result:
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/
/foo

Actual result:
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\
/foo

You might argue it's not a bug since Windows is meant to handle both types of path seperator, but a URI does not, and this is you main audience. 

This issue has been around for way past way too long.

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 [2005-03-06 16:26 UTC] sniper@php.net
Please try using this CVS snapshot:

  http://snaps.php.net/php5-latest.tar.gz
 
For Windows:
 
  http://snaps.php.net/win32/php5-win32-latest.zip


 [2005-03-20 18:11 UTC] sniper@php.net
No feedback was provided. The bug is being suspended because
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If this is not the case and you are able to provide the
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change the status of the bug back to "Open". Thank you.


 [2005-05-05 14:01 UTC] loom at nons dot de
still this problem with PHP 5.0.4 WinXP SP2

Details:
PHP Version 5.0.4
System 	Windows NT LOOM-M 5.1 build 2600
Build Date 	Mar 31 2005 02:44:34
Configure Command 	cscript /nologo configure.js "--enable-snapshot-build" "--with-gd=shared"
Server API 	Apache
Virtual Directory Support 	enabled
Configuration File (php.ini) Path 	C:\WINDOWS\php.ini
PHP API 	20031224
PHP Extension 	20041030
Zend Extension 	220040412
Debug Build 	no
Thread Safety 	enabled

apache
Apache for Windows 95/NT

Apache Version 	Apache/1.3.29 (Win32) PHP/5.0.4
Apache Release 	10329100
Apache API Version 	19990320
 [2007-08-15 23:36 UTC] ich at der-bigga dot de
This problem still exists with version 5.2.3 (OS: Windows XP SP 2, German) like loom at nons dot de mentioned. The string dirname() return should always include the same directory separator character as the string provided. So if I use the following:
print (dirname('/foo')."\n");
the function should return '/' because I used the slash as directory seperator character, too.
 
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