[Openfontlibrary] [Cctools-cchost] ccHost 5: pseudo-verify files with no extension
gww at silcom.com
Sat Oct 18 17:03:44 PDT 2008
On Sat, 2008-10-18 at 13:51, Dave Crossland wrote:
> MS-DOS used 3 letter file extensions to associate files with file
> MacOS used resource forks,
Not exactly. The file type lives in the file header, not the resource
fork. But it is a concept peculiar to the mac which apple appears to be
moving away from.
> and VAX and UNIX had no uniform way
> I think.
VAX/VMS has always had file extensions and always used them to mark file
types. It was (is) not possible to have a file without a "." in it. As I
recall you could have about 30 characters before the "." and about 30
after it (or you could after ~1982 or so).
> Today, file extensions can be any length on all major OS,
Well, not really. Posix has a ~256 character in filename limit. VMS
still has the limits above (~30 character extensions).
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