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I have added Paolo to this bug to review the comment.
But the MSDN documentation looks wrong, since \ is never a valid path separator on Unix.
Could you describe what problem you have? Perhaps the source of the problem is elsewhere
The calling code is incorrect, because the name "parent\file.txt" is a valid filename on Unix, that means that it is not a file called "file.txt" under the parent directory, it is actually a file called parent\file.txt (all 15 characters).
The proper fix is for your code to use Path.Combine instead of hardcoding the use slashes in the code
Patch from Mario applied as: 3d5ca0d on both master and mono-2-10