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19.1.3 Parsing Namestrings Into Pathnames

Parsing is the operation used to convert a namestring into a pathname. Except in the case of parsing logical pathname namestrings, this operation is implementation-dependent, because the format of namestrings is implementation-dependent.

A conforming implementation is free to accommodate other file system features in its pathname representation and provides a parser that can process such specifications in namestrings. Conforming programs must not depend on any such features, since those features will not be portable.

The following X3J13 cleanup issue, not part of the specification, applies to this section:

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