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Re: weird PATH_MAX discussion in mplayer's list. (Fwd: [MPlayer-dev-eng]


From: Robert Millan
Subject: Re: weird PATH_MAX discussion in mplayer's list. (Fwd: [MPlayer-dev-eng] [PATCH] fix for unconditional use of PATH_MAX)
Date: Fri, 2 May 2003 00:14:21 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.4i

On Thu, May 01, 2003 at 11:40:16PM +0200, Moritz Schulte wrote:
> Robert Millan <address@hidden> writes:
> 
> > they keep insisting on hardcoding PATH_MAX to 512 bytes..
> 
> If `they' are the maintainers of the code, it is their choice, of
> course.  They can chose the amount of `correctness' or `elegance' they
> want - this is not our job.
> 
> What is of concern for the Hurd people is simply that the program in
> question _runs_ on GNU/Hurd.  If they define any arbitrary limit for
> _their_ software, it will run.  Maybe one day someone will hit this
> limit and wonder why this program fails for them - maybe nobody will.

yes, but these problems are OS-specific. this means if a user installs
GNU and then starts running software that is full of GNU-specific
bugs, he/she will come to the conclussion that the system is flawed.
that certainly doesn't help us.

-- 
Robert Millan

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