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From: Vladimir Prus (vladimir_at_[hidden])
Date: 2008-05-21 09:51:12

Frank Mori Hess wrote:

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> On Wednesday 21 May 2008 09:22 am, Vladimir Prus wrote:
>> <another universe mode>
>> Of course, since boost.filesystem is used by exactly zero real-world
>> projects right now (because nobody was able to grok the meaning of
>> 'leaf'), it's OK to change the names to more sane ones.
>> </another universe mode>
>> <this universe mode>
>> Given that boost.filesystem appears to be highly popular, and apparently
>> users don't care about conceptual clarify of 'leaf', changing those names
>> will basically cause everybody to change, or conditionally change, their
>> code, without any practical benefit.
>> </this universe mode>
> Why couldn't the name leaf just be deprecated but kept in the library for old
> code to keep working? I'm only casually browsing this thread, but backwards
> compatibility in this case doesn't seem like that big a problem.

Unless you want 'leaf' to be named 'basename'. See, we already have 'basename',
which unfortunately does something different.

- Volodya

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