Subject: Re: (directory "/") -> Error!
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 1997/07/23
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* David J. Cooper
| (directory "/") 
| -> Error: ABSOLUTE followed by :up/:back in directory component:
|   [condition type: FILE-ERROR]

looks like you should (inspect #p"/") and see what it says.

incidentally, what is the value of excl::*pathname-parse-up-as-back*?

| Is this a bug in Allegro, or am I doing something wrong?

if it's a bug, it's not present in Allegro 4.3 with all the patches loaded,
running under SunOS 4.1.3_U1.  see for patches.
there is a patch that deals with `directory' on pathnames with ".." parts.
I never experienced the bug that was supposedly fixed, so I don't know if
this would help you.

incidentally, you can send bug reports directly to  they're
normally very helpful and fast in responding.

there was some junk mail in my mailbox.  somebody wanted to sell me some
useless gizmo, and kindly supplied an ASCII drawing of it.  "actual size",
the caption read.  I selected smaller and smaller fonts until it vanished.