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

On Fri, 25 Mar 2011, Steve McIntyre wrote:
> 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?

I think so. The package with long names tend to follow a naming policy
that sort of imposes the long name... so if we put a too-short limit
then we're asking them to make an exception in the naming policy.

> >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.

What happens if you try to put too-long filenames on the CD with Joliet

Does it fail to build? Are there options to rename the files

If it means we have some unexpected filenames for long filenames on
Windows, it's not a big deal IMO. 

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