Boost logo

Boost :

From: David Abrahams (dave_at_[hidden])
Date: 2003-08-10 19:27:35

Thomas Witt <witt_at_[hidden]> writes:

> Dave,
> Beman Dawes wrote:
>> At 08:06 PM 8/9/2003, David Abrahams wrote:
>> >
>> >I'm sorry if this sounds harsh, but I think the cure for someone being
>> >confused about the term "absolute" on multi-root OSes is to pick the
>> >definition that allows the term to be meaningful (an absolute path
>> >identifies a specific location, and so must include the root) and *add
>> >a clarifying note or definition for the corner case*, not to pick some
>> >new term which nobody knows about and makes the library hard to
>> >approach.
> The problem is not someone who is confused. The problem are a
> potentionally significant number of users who are sure they know
> what they are doing, but don't. A clarifying note won't be much use
> to them, cause for them there seems to be nothing that needs
> clarification.

I understand what you're saying. Picking a portable/generic path
format which always made absolute paths start with "/" would have been
an easier way to keep people from heading happily down the wrong path.

Dave Abrahams
Boost Consulting

Boost list run by bdawes at, gregod at, cpdaniel at, john at