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Control characters in file names

Control characters in file names

Posted Nov 25, 2010 23:20 UTC (Thu) by cmccabe (guest, #60281)
In reply to: Control characters in file names by Spudd86
Parent article: Ghosts of Unix past, part 4: High-maintenance designs

After reading that essay, I am convinced that we should ban control characters in filenames through one of the mechanisms described. UTF-8 doesn't use them, and all human languages should be representable with UTF-8. So allowing control characters is just a pointless duplication of functionality, like supporting pascal-style strings alongside C-style strings in the syscall API.


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