DIRECTORY_SEPARATOR is Useless!
The predefined PHP constant
DIRECTORY_SEPARATOR is useless.
When evaluated, the constant is as follows:
*nix: / win: \
So, to the casual observer, there seems to be a real need for this constant - especially with those who favor the php command
getcwd(). However, for the most part, it is just wasteful - and potentially error prone to have around.
For the slashes, Windows will work with
/ (even though its constant return is
\ - and the backslash is used normally throughout the filesystem). Windows will also work with
c:\blah\blah/additionalblah/moreblah.php (note the mixed slashes, just in case you happen to mix a call to something like
getcwd() and your hardset path with the forward slash). *nix will not (you cannot do
I also ran across a case one time where - through some strange fate of mangled programming, the
DIRECTORY_SEPARATOR on windows encased in a string started escaping certain characters of the filename.
One final note - someone on the PHP.net manual page suggested this function - if you really MUST use
getcwd() - and in the case you’re using
explode() to figure out something about the path:
return gstr_replace('\\', '/', getcwd());