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Re: What to do with too-large group ids?

From: Kai Großjohann
Subject: Re: What to do with too-large group ids?
Date: Mon, 29 Jul 2002 12:04:22 +0200
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Andreas Schwab <address@hidden> writes:

> address@hidden (Kai writes:
> |> But if you prefer, I'll return them as strings and update the
> |> documentation for file-attributes accordingly.  (Something like the
> |> following, wording needs to be changed: If the user id is too large
> |> for an int, it is returned as a string.  This never happens for normal
> |> files, but it might happen when there is a filename handler.)
> Why can't this happen for normal files?

Because the current file-attributes implementation never creates a
cons (or a string) for user/group id.

I don't know what happens when the id is too large for such a file.
But surely a cons/string is not what happens.

Maybe make_number automatically creates a float when the number is too
large for a Lisp int?  Then the handlers should do that, too, I guess.

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