Major additions to

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The File class is now a true abstract representation of file and directory pathnames. These changes allow this class to better support non-Unix platforms such as Windows, which has a rich pathname syntax involving drive letters, UNC share names, and multiple separator characters. The original specification could not handle these cases because it was written in terms of simple string operations.

The File class has been expanded to support the following new features:

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