On Fri, 9 Jun 2000, Kris Kennaway wrote:

> dotfiles for example). I don't believe there's such a thing as a lowest
> common denominator of file system naming conventions - either a filesystem
> can support UFS names (perhaps through a translation later) or it's not
> suitable for running FreeBSD from.

There is the POSIX.1 portable filename character set: [A-Za-z._-] (from
which the hyphen shall not be used as the first character of a portable

There are the POSIX NAME_MAX and pathconf(path, _SC_NAME_MAX) test features.
NAME_MAX may be as low as 14 on POSIX systems.  It is a small step from
14 to 11 or 8 to support non-POSIX 8.3 filenames.  Very few programs
actually support systems with variable or short filenames.  patch(1) is


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