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Subject: Re: [boost] [filesystem]Extracting path as string from wpath
From: Johan Torp (johan.torp_at_[hidden])
Date: 2008-10-20 10:38:47

Beman Dawes wrote:
>> For V3, I would appreciate
>> comprehensive documentation on the format of external_file_string() for
>> each supported platform.
> The problem is that the exact format is determined not by the filesystem
> library, but by a conversion function provided by the operating system.
> These conversion functions (or the underlying locale facet) do not always
> provide detailed documentation.

A documented promise that boost.filesystem will use a specific conversion
function and pointers to the existing documentation of those functions -
however poor they might be - would be valuable. Looking at the
implementation is doable but you don't get any promises of stability when
upgrading to newer boost versions. Also, many people download pre-built
binaries from boost-pro and those people have to find the source somehow.

Cheers, Johan

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