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Subject: Re: [boost] [filesystem] proposal: treat reparse files as regular files
From: Niall Douglas (s_sourceforge_at_[hidden])
Date: 2015-08-05 13:03:57

On 5 Aug 2015 at 11:27, Gavin Lambert wrote:

> >> But it seems odd to me to claim that a file is *not* a symlink just
> >> because you're told that it's a type of symlink that you don't know how
> >> to read.
> >
> > I'd like to think AFIO's symlinks are "POSIX(-y) symlinks".
> That's least-common-denominator thinking. Which is hard to get away
> from when building a cross-platform abstraction layer, I know, but
> "because it's POSIX" isn't really a good justification either. There
> are some things that POSIX is very bad at (mostly for historic reasons).

I'm more thinking that there is no point in adding features which
have no proven use case yet.

I don't mind adding a boolean flag which costs me nothing and cannot
be buggy. I get much more worried about adding features which I
cannot test and have no proven user base. Better I think to wait
until a proven use case arises.

BTW you may not be aware, but AFIO includes every historical release
of itself within itself via submodule branch pins. In other words, if
you build an application targeting v1 ABI of AFIO, that will work in
perpetuity (or at least until I stop supporting it). AFIO already
ships two versions of itself, v1 and v2.

Hence I don't have the problems other Boost libraries have with
changing API semantics down the line. I can do so without breaking
anyone's code because there is a literal copy of previous AFIO's
shipped every release.

> > Given the Filesystem TS has shipped, I'd say that moment has passed.
> Too late to be in the standard (yet), maybe. But one of the roles of
> Boost is to be better than the standard, so it can be the *next*
> standard. :)

If you can persuade Beman I'll follow it. AFIO is intended as a set
of extensions to Filesystem, not as a replacement and as such is
wholly dependent on Filesystem. In other words, whatever Filesystem
does I'll match.


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