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Author eryksun
Recipients 4-launchpad-kalvdans-no-ip-org, Jim Fasarakis-Hilliard, barneygale, brett.cannon, docs@python, eryksun, methane, pitrou, serhiy.storchaka
Date 2022-01-31.22:11:30
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> I'm not seeing what's wrong with your example.

"C:" or "C:spam\\eggs" are not absolute paths. They depend on the effective working directory on the drive. An absolute path should never depend on a working directory, which can change at random.

WinAPI SetEnvironmentVariableW() allows applications to set environment variables with names that begin with "=". These names are effectively reserved for special use by the OS, at least as documented. In particular, names of the form "=X:", where "X" is a drive letter, are used to store the working directory on a drive. The C runtime _[w]chdir() function sets these per-drive environment variables, as does Python's os.chdir(). As environment variables, they can be inherited by child processes.

When then Windows API resolves a file path to access a file, or in GetFullPathNameW(), a drive-relative path such as "X:" or "X:spam\\eggs" is resolved against either the current working directory (if it's on the drive) or the value of the "=X:" environment variable for the drive. If the latter isn't defined, it defaults to the root directory, e.g. "X:\\". If the current working directory is on the drive, the system updates the value of the "=X:" environment variable, if it exists.

> on Windows you have to resolve the drive separately from the 
> working directory and then concatenate them?

No, if is defined, then abspath( should be called instead of getcwd(). In Windows, ntpath.abspath() calls WinAPI GetFullPathNameW(), which resolves the working directory on the drive.
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