“Manage Open Files” file path backslash query

In the Manage Open Files feature of windows servers, sometimes files have their root followed by two backslashes instead of one.

So one set would be D:\... and another D:\\...

I was just wondering if anyone knows the significance of this?

One backslashOne backslash
Much appreciated!
leo135Asked:
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
I can understand why they would all be double backslashes, but not some with one and others with two. Both of your screenshots here show all doubles, but I suspect you meant to post this:
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/80419112/2.png

The backslash acts an escape character in a string, so to get a single backslash, you need to enter two. For example, in your post at the other site, D:\ turned into just D:, and D:\\ turned into just D:\. But I don't know why Manage Open Files sometimes shows one and other times two. Regards, Joe
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sarabandeCommented:
the reason why some programs show two backslashes (or even more) where one is sufficient is because windows tolerates this. therefore it is possible when building path strings to forego the check whether a given directory path already was ended by a backslash and simply add a backslash plus subfolder or file (name). moreover, for the root folder of a drive with drive letter like D:\ we have the fact that 'D:' and 'D:\' are different paths in general. only the second one is the root folder while the first one is the "current" folder at the drive. because of that root folders always must have a backslash while paths to other folders normally were expressed without backslash. i prefer to using a forward slash instead of backslash and always have path to folders ended with a slash. with that i don't need escape the separators in strings. however that only works reliably for a programmatic access and may give problems in scripts or as input for other programs or tools.

Sara
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leo135Author Commented:
Thanks for the replies everyone. Yes, I think I will probably be sticking with Experts Exchange as opposed to "the other site" as clearly we get good answers here (see above - you even found the picture I forgot to post!)

Thanks a lot
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
You're welcome, Leo. Happy to help — and very glad to have you in the EE community. Regards, Joe
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sarabandeCommented:
thanks Leo. have a good time.

Sara
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