Leading spaces are common, actually
Posted Mar 27, 2009 5:36 UTC (Fri) by quotemstr
In reply to: Leading spaces are common, actually
Parent article: Wheeler: Fixing Unix/Linux/POSIX Filenames
The users on a filesystem I administer use six or seven levels of leading space to sort their common jobs-in-progress directory. I've long since given up on getting them to move to a hierarchical setup.
The way I see it, if a program can correctly work with filenames containing spaces, it can work with a filename containing leading spaces.
It's most important to eliminate newlines and control characters in filenames. The second most important consideration is specifying UTF-8 as the preferred filename encoding. Let's not get caught up in all sorts of other wishes that will just encourage endless debate and prevent these very important changes from getting made at all.
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