Win32All On 64-Bit Operating Systems

Tim Golden mail at
Thu Mar 18 09:54:58 CET 2010

On 17/03/2010 20:43, Tim Daneliuk wrote:
> The intent is just to provide as similar as possible a user experience.
>> From a coding POV, it is surely simpler to just use 'winuser' and 'wingroup',
> but I am sort of philosophically wired to not throw information away if
> it's a available from the OS.

It's hardly worth disputing I suppose, but I would argue that simply
presenting the owner & group of a file in Windows is actually doing
a disservice to the user of the app. It's cluttering up the display
with information which is essentially useless. Pretty much the only
time I ever look at a file owner is when I have some knotty security
issue and I need to assess who might have WRITE_DAC permission. The
group - never; it really is a relic.

The file owner & group simply don't play the same role in Windows
security that they do in *nix. The trouble is that there isn't a
simple alternative: most files, even with default security, will
have two or three groups involved in their security at different

> BTW, wanna beta test a really cool CLI mass file renaming tool????? ;)

Sure -- I'll have a look. But I can't promise any great amount of
time at present :)


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