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From "Steve Loughran" <>
Subject Re: Refactor of PathTokenizer - am I missing something?
Date Sat, 05 Jan 2002 05:37:36 GMT

----- Original Message -----
From: "Erik Hatcher" <>
To: "Ant Developers List" <>
Sent: Friday, January 04, 2002 17:32
Subject: Re: Refactor of PathTokenizer - am I missing something?

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Steve Loughran" <>
> > Now as an extra bit of confusion, it is worth noting that ";" has
> > meaning on an NTFS file system, as it lets you specify 'content streams'
> > under a filename. Mac users will know what I mean as resource and data
> > forks, other people will only have come across the issue as one of the
> many
> > IIS hacks to get ASP source.
> >
> > build.xml;1 === build.xml  as you normally see it
> > build.xml;2 === some other fork you can attach to a file
> NT was designed by the same person that built VMS, but VMS uses ";" to
> separate version numbers as its a versioning filesystem.
> How did it go from versions to 'content streams' between the two O/S's??

Davec may have done both core os's, but NTFS is always rumoured to have been
designed by two MSFT employees over a weekend, the file system so well
designed "you dont need to defragment it", at least. not until nt5 shipped a
few years behind schedule.

> And why aren't other operating systems using versioning implicitly?

clearcase is this, a networked versioned file system.

> At one company where I worked, our version control system *was* the
> operating system, thanks to VMS, and it worked very well.  Oh how I miss
> VMS....

The technical term is retro-grouch. Why not get and old microvax and bring
it up if you miss it so much :)

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