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Re: svn co win32 and linux filesystem compatibility question

From: Scott Palmer <scott.palmer_at_2connected.org>
Date: 2006-01-06 17:00:25 CET

On 5-Jan-06, at 6:31 PM, Gunter Ohrner wrote:

> The choice of COMx, PRN etc. was braindead, as Scott mentioned, and
> now
> they're stuck with it... Maybe Vista will find a way to work around
> it?

Well I don't know of anyone that actually puts an extension on COM1
e.g. COM1.xml and still expects to be talking to the serial port.
(Whereas I can understand how their braindead implementation can't
handle issues with the full path clearly being on a disk drive
without breaking.) You would think they could at least look at just
the full file name including the extension, since extensions aren't
really "special" as far as the file system is concerned. Failing to
open a com port when an extension is provided wouldn't break enough
programs to make it a concern.

Oh, another thing you can't do on Windows is have a file name ending
with a period. If there isn't anything after the period the period
gets removed.

Maybe in 5 years or so we will get see another Microsoft "innovation"
that fixes this. That will only place them 25+ years behind the times.

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Received on Fri Jan 6 17:03:42 2006

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