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questions about ".yy" in pathnames

>>>>> "JH" == Joerg Hoehle <hoehle@zeus.gmd.de> writes:

JH> CHANGES.LOG (15 March 1996 changes) says

* On Unix, PARSE-NAMESTRING will not interpret a leading `.'
  as a file with a type but no name.  Instead, the file will include the `.'
  in the name.  Pathname syntax is unchanged.

JH> What does "Pathname syntax is unchanged" actually mean w.r.t. such
JH> a change?

> (pathname-name ".erg")
> (pathname-name #".erg")
> (pathname-type ".erg")
> (pathname-type #".erg")