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Re: For masochists: the leap o faith

On Sat, Nov 15, 2003 at 11:45:34AM -0500, Christopher Faylor wrote:
>On Sat, Nov 15, 2003 at 07:07:26PM +1100, Robert Collins wrote:
>>On Sat, 2003-11-15 at 15:43, Christopher Faylor wrote:
>>>Yes, I've already (obviously?) been to SUSv3.  I wasn't talking about
>>>standards.  I was talking about common practice.
>>>If you have a common practice web site that you want to show me then
>>>that might be a convincing argument.  Otherwise, I'll have to fall back
>>>on my personal UNIX experience.
>>Part of a thread on this in another project.  Seems like the hurd
>>follows the no-PATH_MAX, use pathconf() always approach.  Which means
>>that everything thats portable to the hurd, will Do The Right Thing, if
>>we eliminate the PATH_MAX and MAXPATHLEN defines.  In my digging, I
>>found that PATH_MAX, if defined, MUST be the largest path length
>>possible.  Presumably thats so that programs with static buffers won't
>>run into trouble.
>I mention "common practice" and you point me at a discussion which talks
>about the Hurd???  The Hurd?????????????????????????????????????????????

Btw, I've moved this discussion here from cygwin-patches because we are
talking about a change which could impact a number of people.  Robert is
submitting patches which increase the maximum path length for NT-class

My concern is that PATH_MAX will be increased for this change.  It will
no longer reflect the win32 api MAX_PATH value and I was wondering if
that would cause problems for existing applications.

I thought the cygwin mailing list would be a wider audience for this
type of thing than cygwin-patches, especially since no one is offering
opinions in cygwin-patches.


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