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RE: [Gnu-arch-users] Cross Platform Path issues

From: Robert Collins
Subject: RE: [Gnu-arch-users] Cross Platform Path issues
Date: Wed, 24 Sep 2003 07:10:59 +1000

On Wed, 2003-09-24 at 02:53, Parker, Ron wrote:

> I have submitted code to Cygwin in the ancient past, so there is some chance
> of having my new code accepted as well.  

Be sure to have a copyright assignment on file with RedHat. I mention
this because the ancient past was a little fast-and-loose in this

> But don't hold your breath on the
> time frame.  In order for my changes to have an impact on tar, patch, etc.
> it may be necessary to rebuild those tools as well. 

You'll need to rebuild most of the tool chain, as many tools allocate
static buffers based on PATH_MAX, or MAXPATHLEN.

>  If this is the case I
> would expect that it will be much more difficult to get CGF to accept the
> patches.  At the very least I am hoping that I can get him to accept them
> and then petition the maintainers of the various tools which TLA depends
> upon to update their released binaries as well.

If libc is updated (and it will need to be win98/winme runtime
compatible forward compatible) then the maintainers will probably be
quite happy to re-build their packages.

> Also at issue is that Windows Explorer blows up attempting to access these
> deep paths.  That may also lessen the chances that my patches will be
> accepted as many associated with Cygwin desire as much interoperability
> between Cygwin and Win32 applications as possible.

Does it? Thats a pleasant surprise :0. What OS is that on (NT4? 2K ?)

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