Subject: Re: kern/4395: Bug in vfat generation number creation for msdosfs
To: Dave Huang <>
From: Rick Byers <>
List: netbsd-bugs
Date: 11/15/1997 01:54:30
Hi Dave, thanks for the info.

On Fri, 14 Nov 1997, Dave Huang wrote:

> FWIW, Windows NT creates the short filenames differently. (And Windows 95
> uses yet another method of making short filenames). According to the NT
> Workstation 4.0 Resource Kit, page 580:
> [snip]
> Ooh... mathematical manipulation :) Anyways, I don't have any opinion
> on which is better. Just an observation...

Hmmm. Very nice, I think I'd have some trouble duplicating that
'mathematical manipulation' :).  Sounds to me like it was a bug they
couldn't squash, so the documented it and called it a feature ;) 

 I guess it's not really important 'what' method is used to create the
short names (since, AFAIK, neither 95 or NT rely's on the method for later
lookups).  The important thing is to have a method that works, and the way
NetBSD is right now, after about 80 files with the same short name - the
system freezes...  I don't think it matters what we use, as long as it
doesn't freeze the OS <grin>.... 


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