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Subject: Re: [boost] Filename length limit for Boost library
From: Edward Diener (eldiener_at_[hidden])
Date: 2011-02-27 19:47:43

On 2/27/2011 7:36 PM, Steven Watanabe wrote:
> 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.

Should it not then be removed from the web page ?

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