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If a symbol can be coerced into a string, and a string can be coerced
into a pathname, I see no reason why a symbol should not be coerced
into a pathname.  It has limited usefulness, but I believe that
coercions should be transitive.  I believe that the aesthetics of the
language will be harmed by disallowing symbols as pathnames.

I'm not going to put up a fight to stop this change, but I would like
to see the minority view stated in the proposal.