[Oberon] Re (2): File naming again.

Paul Reed paulreed at paddedcell.com
Mon Apr 3 11:12:15 CEST 2023

Hi Peter,

On 2023-04-02 22:23, peter at easthope.ca wrote:
> Prohibition of multiple periods suggested by HyperGaruda seems
> unnecessary. (?)

I think this might be a throwback from when Windows was based on VFAT[1] 
(storing long filenames simultaneously as several old DOS 8.3 format 
directory entries as well) which was designed around basically wanting 
to preserve the final extension only.

So I think people might have been "scared" of including too many dots in 
case VFAT did (even more) bizarre things.

And also a lot of filename parsing routines which originated in the DOS 
days basically assumed one dot.


My 8.3 cents. :)


[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File_Allocation_Table

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