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Subject: Re: [boost] [Filesystem V3] Filesystem Version 3 beta 1 available for download and comment
From: Stewart, Robert (Robert.Stewart_at_[hidden])
Date: 2010-02-18 14:14:54

Beman Dawes wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 18, 2010 at 10:35 AM, Stewart, Robert
> <Robert.Stewart_at_[hidden]> wrote:
> >
> > "stem" means nothing to me. I followed the Reference link
> > to the path class documentation and find no description of
> > it there.
> Added a direct link to the reference doc description. Added an example
> to the reference doc description.

I found it. It would be easier to understand stem() as returning p.filename() without p.extension(). Perhaps you could add that to the description ahead of the more technical description you've used.

> > Similarly, unique_path() is poorly named because "unique
> > path" is not a verbal. The function should be named
> > "make_unique_path."
> I also considered "make_unique_path", but worried that people might
> expect the actual path to be created in the external file system,
> rather than just returning a path object. Does that concern you, or do
> you still consider "make_unique_path" better?

I understand your concern. However, path does not create any files or directories in a filesystem, so why would anyone suppose "make_unique_path" would do so? Also note that one normally speaks of "creating" a file, not "making" one.

Rob Stewart
Software Engineer, Core Software
Susquehanna International Group, LLP robert.stewart_at_[hidden]

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