%systemroot%/system32/drivers/etc/ not found
I try to modify the hosts file on Windows. However, if I use Notepad++, it will not show the hosts in etc directory.Either adminstration mode. It happens in about serveral versions and I am stranged that it still exists in the newest version. It brings a lot of inconvence to me. I change to sublime. Please fix this problem.
I’m on Notepad++ 7.3.3 32-bit. And I am betting your “several versions” were all 32bit Notepad++ as well.
When I do
File > Open, then type
%systemroot%\system32\drivers\etcinto the top location bar, or into the “File Name” bar at the bottom, it correctly changes into that directory. If, instead, I type
%systemroot%\system32\driversinto one of those boxes, I just see the
UMDF\subdirectories, and a couple of files.
I figured out the “problem” using a normal Explorer window: When I browse to
%systemroot%\system32\drivers, it shows all the subdirs, including the
etc\subdir. But if I browse to
%systemroot%\SysWOW64\drivers, it doesn’t have the
The “problem” is that 64-bit Windows lies to 32-bit applications, by way of the “File System Redirector” (see MSDN 🔗). If a 32-bit application requests
%systemroot%\system32\, Windows actually silently redirects them to
%systemroot%\SysWOW64\(where “SysWOW64” is short for "SYStem32 for 32-bit Windows On Windows64"). There’s a “special” alias
%systemroot%\SysNative\, which will allow a 32-bit application to access the native 64-bit
system32directory… but it’s “specialness” comes in the fact that a directory listing won’t show it: if you look in
%systemroot%, you will not see a
sysnativesubdirectory; but if you manually type in the
%systemroot%\sysnative, it will go where you mean.
I’m actually now surprised that typing
%systemroot%\system32\drivers\etcdid what I meant. I’m surprised I didn’t have to type
%systemroot%\sysnative\drivers\etc. But I won’t complain. ☺
update: Footnote: the
%systemroot%\sysnativealias is “special” in another way: from a 64-bit application, it won’t exist at all. So from the normal Explorer file browser in windows, even typing it will give you a not-found error.
I did’t type it. I just use file explorer to navigate to C:\Windows\system32\drivers\etc\ directory by directory. Sublime is 64bit. It may the reason that you mentioned.