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Re: OT pondering (WAS: Re: Trailing Periods on File Names)
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jonathon Merz" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Friday, April 06, 2001 5:02 AM
Subject: OT pondering (WAS: Re: Trailing Periods on File Names)
> Larry Hall (RFK Partners, Inc) wrote:
> > At 02:38 PM 4/5/2001, Randall R Schulz wrote:
> >> Hi,
> > <snip>
> >> Curious, no? Perhaps this is a side-effect of the potential
aliasing of suffix-less names and the same name with a ".exe" suffix?
> > No, this is Windows madness. It ignores periods at the end of file
> I agree with that, having seen this before, but I am curious... It
> such functionality did not get there by accident (I cannot think of a
> ignore characters in a filename without some _extra_ coding), so it
> been done for some purpose. Yet I cannot for the life of me imagine
> benefit this produces, or what fault it would circumvent. Anyone have
> as to this?
IIRC DOS had extra code _added_ to understand that there was a '.' in
the filename. The raw directory entries were 11 characters long, not 12.
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