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Subject: Re: [boost] Filename length limit for Boost library
From: Steven Watanabe (watanabesj_at_[hidden])
Date: 2011-02-27 19:36:45


On 2/27/2011 3:42 PM, Edward Diener wrote:
> 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.

The inspect tool no longer checks for this.
It was changed in r41333.

In Christ,
Steven Watanabe

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