Bug #14570

Wired behavior of File.expand_path() on Windows

Added by larskanis (Lars Kanis) almost 3 years ago. Updated almost 3 years ago.

Target version:
ruby -v:
ruby 2.6.0dev (2018-02-22 trunk 62518) [x64-mingw32]


File.realpath returns the path with the same upper/lower case characters as the input parameter. But File.expand_path is different. It adjusts the last part of the path (and only this) to the upper/lower case characters given from the file system.

require "fileutils"

File.expand_path("testdir") # => "C:/Users/lars/TestDir"
File.expand_path("testdir/abc") # => "C:/Users/lars/testdir/abC"
File.expand_path("testdir/abc/XYZ") # => "C:/Users/lars/testdir/abc/Xyz"

File.realpath("testdir") # => "C:/Users/lars/testdir"
File.realpath("testdir/abc") # => "C:/Users/lars/testdir/abc"
File.realpath("testdir/abc/XYZ") # => "C:/Users/lars/testdir/abc/XYZ"

The file system on Windows is case insensitive. So this is not really a bug, but it's inconsistent and unexpected. I would expect that File.expand_path returns a path with upper/lowercase either entirely retrieved from the input parameter or from the file system, but not a mixture of both. I would also expect that File.realpath and File.expand_path have the same semantics in this regard.

Same behavior on ruby 2.2.2p95 (2015-04-13 revision 50295) [x64-mingw32]

Updated by graywolf (Gray Wolf) almost 3 years ago

If the behaviour is adjusted to reflect the filesystem, it would be nice to do the same for __FILE__ (and I assume also __dir__). At the moment __FILE__ doesn't necessarily match file system casing. Again, same as in the post above, since windows are case insensitive it's not technically a bug, but if File.realpath (expand_path) are changed to reflect real casing, __FILE__ should probably also be changed.

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