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Re: MBF alert: packages with very long source / .deb filenames

On Fri, Mar 25, 2011 at 11:52:35AM -0400, Joey Hess wrote:
>Steve McIntyre wrote:
>> I've noticed a problem recently in the archive when building CDs,
>> aggravated to a certain extent by the newer source formats. Some of
>> the filenames in the archive are getting *very* long, and this is
>> causing issues. As a matter of course, we build CDs with RockRidge and
>> Joliet support so that we have long filenames for Linux and Windows
>> users.
>What is the use case for accessing long filenames from the CD in
>Windows? The files needed by win32-loader need to be 
>accessible, and documentation too, but it should not matter if
>deb files cannot be looked up from within Windows.

There are uses I've heard about, including (apparently quite common)
using CDs and DVDs to seed a mirror on a Windows server.

>Is it possible to provide Joliet filenames for only a subset of files?

It is, yes. But not something I'd like to do if we can avoid it.

Steve McIntyre, Cambridge, UK.                                steve@einval.com
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