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Re: For masochists: the leap o faith

On Sat, 15 Nov 2003, Christopher Faylor wrote:

> On Sat, Nov 15, 2003 at 01:09:00PM -0600, Brian Ford wrote:
> >Well, since your soliciting opinions...
> >
> >I don't have much of one other than I'd really prefer to keep
> >PATH_MAX/MAX_PATH and define them to the largest allowable path so they
> >can still be used for sizing arrays.  I don't really care if that lenght
> >is not always supported.
> Ok.  That was one plan.  I was concerned that a program might be assuming that
> since it had carefully checked that a path was <= PATH_MAX, everything was
> fine when on a Windows 98 system, it could conceivably fail.
> I know that this isn't exactly a 100% safe and sanctioned use of PATH_MAX but
> it seems like the possibility exists that working code could be broken by
> this change.
Working buggy code, yes.  I wouldn't sweat it.  I would be simple to fix.

> Robert seems to be leaning towards removing the PATH_MAX define entirely
> now, however.
Like I said before, this doesn't seem like a very good idea.

Brian Ford
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VITAL - Visual Simulation Systems
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