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From: Keith MacDonald (boost_at_[hidden])
Date: 2004-06-25 11:11:12

I decided not to use boost::filesystem, because it does not support Unicode.
There's a thread in the archives about it, explaining that Unicode was
ignored, because it was specific to Windows, and this is intended to be a
portable library. However, I think the developers have missed the point
that the Windows file system uses Unicode natively, so boost::filesystem is
not really portable to it. A more useful solution, in my opinion, would be
one that allowed the user to choose which char type to use, like

Keith MacDonald

> "Delfin Rojas" <drojas_at_[hidden]> wrote in message
> Hello everybody,
> I'm new to this mailing list. The first thing I should say is I
> love boost and I think it is a great library and I'm really
> thankful to all its contributors. Now, that being said, I'm
> sending this email to ask about a feature in the
> boost::filesystem library that I believe would be valuable to
> have.
> Currently the only library that supports file and directory
> operations in boost is boost::filesystem. Thanks tot hat library
> I don't have to use platform specific file manipulation rutines
> for things like copying a file, deleting all files in a
> directory, iterating through a directory, etc. Now, all the
> operations in boost::filesystem take a boost::filesystem::path as
> an object encapsulating a platform independent "path" to a file
> or a directory. My problem is this path can only be built using a
> single char (ANSI) character string. This doesn't allow me to use
> boost::filesystem in windows with Unicode support since I cannot
> convert a wide string (UTF16) path to a boost::filesystem::path
> object. I believe it must not be too difficult to add Unicode
> path support to boost::filesystem since only the "path" class
> would need to be modified I think.
> Another small feature I think could be interesting is a
> convenience function to set the current path (cd operation).
> There is a function already to get the current path but not to
> set it.
> I do not know if this is the right group to ask for these
> features. If not please point me in the right direction.
> Thanks a lot
> Delfin Rojas
> Delfin_at_[hidden]

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