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RE: Files with trailing dots on Windows

From: Peter N. Lundblad <peter_at_famlundblad.se>
Date: 2006-01-20 22:55:23 CET

On Fri, 20 Jan 2006, Arlie Davis wrote:

> So, while it IS possible (and easy) to create files on Windows systems that
> do not conform to the Win32 rules (which exist only for compatibility with
> applications), it may not be terribly useful, because most applications do
> NOT use the \\?\ syntax, and therefore will not be able to manipulate the
> files that you create.
>
> I agree with Max. It's a bad idea, mostly because of the potential for
> causing problems that most users will be completely unable to fix (filenames
> that cannot be manipulated with ordinary tools and programs).
>
While this is true, using absolute paths (which makes APR prepend \\?\ if
needed) will allow longer paths than 255 characters. This is a real
problem that has been reported by Java people.

See for example:
http://svn.haxx.se/users/archive-2005-02/1088.shtml

Regards,
//Peter

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