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Re: [PATCH 1/1] mingw: handle absolute paths in expand_user_path()

Johannes Schindelin <Johannes.Schindelin@xxxxxx> writes:

> Hi,
> On Thu, 8 Nov 2018, Junio C Hamano wrote:
>> I am tempted to say "//<token>/<the remainder>" might also be such a
>> way, even in the POSIX world, but am not brave enough to do so, as I
>> suspect that may have a fallout in the Windows world X-<.
> It does. //server/share is the way we refer to UNC paths (AKA network
> drives).

Shucks.  That would mean the patch that started this thread would
not be a good idea, as an end-user could already be writing
"//server/share/some/path" and the code with the patch would see '/'
that begins it, and start treating it differently than the code
before the patch X-<.

> Granted, this is a highly unlikely scenario, but I would feel a bit more
> comfortable with something like
> 	<RUNTIME_PREFIX>/ssl/certs/ca-bundle.crt
> Of course, `<RUNTIME_PREFIX>` is *also* a perfectly valid directory name,
> but I would argue that it is even less likely to exist than
> `$RUNTIME_PREFIX` because the user would have to escape *two* characters
> rather than one.

Yes, and it is naturally extensible by allowing <OTHER_THINGS>
inside the special bra-ket pair (just like $OTHER_THINGS can be a
way to extend the system if we used a special variable syntax).

>> Are there security implications if we started allowing references to
>> environment varibables in strings we pass expand_user_path()?
> Probably. But then, the runtime prefix is not even available as
> environment variable...

Ah, sorry. I thought it was clear that I would next be suggesting to
add an environmet variable for it, _if_ the approach to allow env
references turns out to be viable.