superlifter design notes (OpenVMS perspective)

Lenny Foner foner-rsync at
Mon Jul 22 07:52:02 EST 2002

    Date: Sun, 21 Jul 2002 23:06:23 -0700
    From: jw schultz <jw at>

							I find
    the use of funny chars (including space) in filenames
    offensive but we need to deal with internationalizations and
    sheer stupidity.

Regardless of what you think about them, MacOS comes with pathnames
containing spaces right out of the box (think "System Folder").  Yes,
rsync needs to not make assumptions about what's legal in a filename.
Some OS's think slashes are path separators; some put them inside
individual filenames.  Some think [] are separators.  We shouldn't
try to make any assumptions.

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