Obnoxious postings from Google Groups

rusi rustompmody at gmail.com
Mon Nov 5 08:34:54 CET 2012


On Nov 5, 11:40 am, Chris Angelico <ros... at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 5, 2012 at 5:10 PM, rusi <rustompm... at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Among people who know me, I am a linux nerd: My sister scolded me
> > yesterday because I put files on her computer without spaces:
> > DoesAnyoneWriteLikeThis?!?!
>
> My filenames seldom have spaces in them, but that has nothing to do
> with how I write English. Names are names. They're not essays, they
> are not written as full sentences. When a name contains spaces, it
> must be delimited (or the space must be escaped, if your environment
> permits) any time it occurs inside some other context - most commonly,
> as a command-line argument.
>
> Back when I was using MS-DOS 5, it was possible to have file names
> with spaces. It wasn't easy to manipulate them from the command line,
> but you could reference them using globs (eg replace the space(s) with
> ? and hope that there are no false hits). OS/2, when working on a FAT
> filesystem, would create files called "EA DATA. SF" or "WP ROOT. SF"
> or "WP SHARE. SF" (two spaces in each), and most DOS/Windows programs
> wouldn't (couldn't) touch them - they were safe repositories for
> system metadata (on smarter filesystems, that sort of thing would be
> stored as file attributes, not as separate files).
>
> It's nothing to do with operating system. File names are names, and
> spaces in them are seldom worth the hassle unless you manipulate those
> files solely using a GUI.
>
> ChrisA

So you and I (and probably many on this list) agree!


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