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Re: Accessing filenames with different charsets

> > I wrote a patch for Cygwin yesterday that converts Unicode filenames to
> > and back for some file operations.
> Nice!
> > This should do what you want and allow you to restore the names
> > later. I will post it to cygwin-patches sometime today, but I'm not sure
> > whether the patch will appear in a Cygwin snapshot anytime soon, if not
> > can send you the modified binary and the patch directly for you to try.
> > The only disadvantage with this method is it still makes the filenames
> > impossible to type. However, if you have your terminal set up correctly,
> > it is certainly possible to read them as they should be (e.g. in xterm
> > with UTF8 support turned on). If you are using a graphical file browser
> > like konqueror then that makes things even easier.
> Yes, UTF8 approach is propably preferable in all ways. As for typing, I
> imagine you can get the 8.3 name with
>   for i in *; do echo $i: `cygpath -w -s $i`; done
> so you'll be able to type some name for the file as well.
> I'm really glad to see this fixed.
> What about filenames longer than MAX_PATH? Those can only be accessed with
> "\\.\<path>" and unicode file functions...
Since most programs internally allocate a buffer of size MAX_PATH or
PATH_MAX, they won't have enough room to store the full filename. Tt would
certainly be possible to support this if a system call was made with a long
filename, but that would mean replacing all statically allocated path
buffers (e.g. char buf[MAX_PATH]) with alloca (e.g. char *buf = alloca
(strlen(inbuf) + margin)) which is more than trivial.


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