On 08-Jun-00 Kris Kennaway wrote:
>  On Thu, 8 Jun 2000, Boris Popov wrote:
> > > Instead of using only alphabetic characters, the patch uses the following
> > > character set:
> > > 
> > > 0123456789ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz@#%^-_=+:,.~
> > 
> >     Symbols '=' and '+' are prohibited in some other filesystems. It
> > is possible to avoid using them ?
>  Yes, but at the expense of weakening the number of possible random
>  filenames :-(

IMHO the loss of 2 characters doesn't greatly reduce the number of
possibilities, but it DOES greatly reduce the chance of an obscure error
message appearing when you try and make a temp file on a brain dead FS.

BTW.. For 5 character long temp names with + and = the number of possibile
names is 2073071593, without it is 1804229351.

(13% less)

Daniel O'Connor software and network engineer
for Genesis Software - http://www.gsoft.com.au
"The nice thing about standards is that there
are so many of them to choose from."
  -- Andrew Tanenbaum

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