[tex-live] Kpathsea in TL2007

David Kastrup dak at gnu.org
Mon Feb 19 15:30:59 CET 2007

Frank Küster <frank at kuesterei.ch> writes:

> "Philip Taylor (Webmaster) " <P.Taylor at Rhul.Ac.Uk> wrote:
>> Vedran Miletić wrote:
>>> 2007/2/19, Philip & Le Khanh
>>> <Philip-and-LeKhanh at royal-tunbridge-wells.org>:
>>>> Yes, all of these apart from "Makefile" would benefit
>>>> enormously from having a ".txt" or ".log" extension.
>>>> And if only "Make" would expect files of type ".mak",
>>>> then we could do away with extensionless files for ever :-)
>>> But why? In Unix, OS doesn't differ the part of file name before the
>>> last dot and after the last dot. It's a FILE NAME. There are no
>>> extensions in Unix that OS actually cares about. 
>> Yes, that's the problem : but clearly *X aficionados are happy
>> with this sad state of affairs, so there's little than can be
>> done until they finally see the error of their ways ...
> I really don't see why it is an error to think of the full stop as an
> ordinary character.

Because a CP/M file control block reserves just 11 bytes for file name
and extension, not storing the period.

David Kastrup

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