Bug#587377: debian-policy: Decide on arbitrary file/path names limit
Jonathan Nieder <email@example.com> writes:
> E.g., what filesystem?
As I recall, I was running reiser3 at the time.
> Now I'm starting to worry that it might have been the length of the
> filename rather than the pathname that triggered Bug#587440. But the
> filename was only 234 characters, which should certainly be safe, even
> on filesystems like ubifs. Ideas?
Quite likely, in retrospect; path-name limits are filesystem-independent
and relatively large, and 234 does in fact exceed reiser3's limit of 226
(per http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_filesystems). It might
also be appropriate to worry about files whose names exceed the ISO 9660
180- or 207-character limit; the longest current filename appears to be
(in usr/share/doc/kwwidgets-doc/html), 138 characters long, so such a
limit should pose little trouble in practice.
Aaron M. Ucko, KB1CJC (amu at alum.mit.edu, ucko at debian.org)
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