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Subject: [boost] [guideline] 31 character filenames?
From: Eric Niebler (eric_at_[hidden])
Date: 2012-03-27 17:08:18

Our current guidelines[1] say filenames should not exceed 31 characters.
This was recently brought to my attention by a bug[2] from someone who
actually cares because he uses the ODS-2 filesystem on OpenVMS. On a
lark, I hacked the inspect tool to check for too-long filenames and lo!
found a bazillion. Most (but not all) violations are from doc files
auto-generated by doxygen and docbook, but which nevertheless go out
with the boost distribution and so should conform. (Right?)

So, should we care? Considering that we have little control(?) over how
doxygen and docbook generate their files? I have fixed the bug in
question, but it feels like a token effort. Should we just drop support
for niche filesystems like ODS-2, and close all future bugs "won't fix"?


Eric Niebler
BoostPro Computing

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