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Re: [RFC] Canonical Paths

From: Greg Hudson <ghudson_at_MIT.EDU>
Date: 2002-09-01 17:11:27 CEST

On Thu, 2002-08-29 at 14:40, Alan Shutko wrote:
> I wonder if (some undetermined time in the future) it would be
> desirable to support file renaming on checkout.

File renaming is what MacOS X does to get compatibility between FFS and
the Unix API on one side (with '/' as a path separator and ':' allowed
in path components) and HFS and the MacOS 9 API on the other side (with
the reverse).

I think it makes sense when you have exactly two conventions to support,
but it doesn't scale when you have three or more. (And even with two
conventions, Apple acknowledges that you can get user-visible
schizophrenia about what the name of a file is; you have to type
foo/bar:baz into a BSD app but foo:bar/baz into a MacOS 9 app. For the
most part this isn't a problem because there isn't really such a thing
as a "BSD app", but it's still worrisome.)

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