The most important question not asked
Posted Mar 8, 2012 14:46 UTC (Thu) by khim
In reply to: The most important question not asked
Parent article: Various notes on /usr unification
And, of course “c:\Windows” is not “c:\Windows System” because Windows itself does not like spaces (or long file names). Typical for Microsoft: everyone else should fix their programs when they port to new version of Windows (old programs saw “C:\PROGRA~1” and were happy), but Microsoft don't.
P.S. This is not a speculation: Windows9x gave you ability to select name of directory where you can install it. I've installed it in “c:\Program Files\Windows” (to keep it confined to a single subdirectory) and then various Microsoft packages started complaining that they should be moved from “c:\Program Files\Windows” to “c:\PROGRA~1\WINDOWS”… When I've reported it as a bug in DirectX the bug was closed as INVALID with comment that you should not use non-MSDOS names from the main Windows directory.
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