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what is the difference between one backslash (\) and double backslashes (\\) when defining a path?

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Dear All I am trying to understand a code written by an alumni. I found that for defining a data directory which is located on a server (not on the computer) the double backslashes was used in the beginning of the path definition. Something like DIR = '\\zserver\data'. I am wondering why \\ is used. I'd appreciate your comments. Bests MA

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Mohammad Abouali
Mohammad Abouali on 22 Jan 2015
Edited: Mohammad Abouali on 22 Jan 2015
that's how on windows machine the server is defined.
\\servername\shared_resource\subfolder_on_that\sub_sub_folder_in_that\and_so_on\myfile.something
so that way, the system knows that the name immediately after \\ is referring to the server name.

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