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Subject: [boost] Filename length limit for Boost library
From: Edward Diener (eldiener_at_[hidden])
Date: 2011-02-27 18:42:29

In the "Boost Library Requirements and Guidelines Page" in the
"Directory Structure and Filenames" topic, it says:

'The maximum length of directory and file names is 31 characters.'

and the rationale is:

'We had to draw the line somewhere, and so the limit imposed by a now
obsolete Apple file system was chosen years ago. It still seems a
reasonable limit to aid human comprehension.'

I do not think that there are any real OSs that impose such a limit
anymore and would like to see this limit lifted.

I have already hit this limit many times, especially in naming test
files for my sandbox libraries. I would rather create filenames which
described well what a file is about rather than have a 31 character
limit for a filename, which is not only highly arbitrary, but almost
certainly obsolete in this day and age.

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