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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 08:12:11 +1000

On Wed, 2003-09-24 at 08:06, Andrew Suffield wrote:
> > > > Sure, and reducing the length of path needed will do that. Attempting to
> > > > thunk around by path tricks won't.
> > > 
> > > Actually it demonstrably will, since that's exactly how vfat works.
> > 
> > VFAT stores the relative component at each step in the path. OS calls
> > store (at worst) the full device path.
> Think it through: the same approach used by VFAT could be used to
> compress paths - have an external database of paths, put something
> fake in the OS path for compatibility (which references the database
> somehow), and map back and forth in the filesystem layer.
> It's not a good alternative to utilising the native long path
> handling, but it would *work*.

That "reduces the length of path needed".

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