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

On Fri, Mar 25, 2011 at 12:28:54PM -0400, Joey Hess wrote:
>Steve McIntyre wrote:
>> There are uses I've heard about, including (apparently quite common)
>> using CDs and DVDs to seed a mirror on a Windows server.
>If I had to chose between that working, and not needing to worry about
>filename lengths, I'd choose the latter.

We already have arbitrary limits on filename length (~200 bytes or so
on RockRidge), even before this. I'm just proposing to lower them for
a common use case. Do we really care about supporting *very* long
names here?

>> >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.
>One approach then would be to omit joliet filenames for the few long
>packages. This would not even impact your use case above much, since
>any mirror seeded from files from CDs needs a further sync step.

I'd be much happier to not have to special case yet another thing in
the CD scripts. That way potentially leads to unforeseen bugs in the
future, for very little gain.

Steve McIntyre, Cambridge, UK.                                steve@einval.com
"I can't ever sleep on planes ... call it irrational if you like, but I'm
 afraid I'll miss my stop" -- Vivek Dasmohapatra

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