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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:


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