Apple ][+ OS

From: Peter Prymmer <>
Date: Sat Jan 31 16:33:27 1998
Subj: Re: Apple ][+ OS

Allison J Parent wrote:

!<Well, a 15 character limit's not bad to me at all. Actually, I've gotte
!<used to 8 with MS-DOS, which I still use when I want something DONE.
!I'm spoiled with VMS that has had EIGHTEEN.EIGHTEEN, yes, 36 character
!file and directory names. The problem is;
!VMS_C_COMPILER_NEW.VERSION_TWENTY_ONE can be a pain to type in. ;)

I seem to recall a .3 limit in an early version of VMS that someone I spoke
to who used to work for DEC recalls as well: was it as late as vms 2.0 perhaps
3.0 even?

At any rate under VMS 7.1 at least the limit has been further increased to
39.39 as this little log demonstrates (apologies to folks if this gets MIMEd
beyond recognition):

$ create 123456789012345678901234567890123456789.123456789012345678901234567890123456789
Hello from 39.39!
^Z Exit
$ type 123456789012345678901234567890123456789.123456789012345678901234567890123456789
Hello from 39.39!
$ create 1234567890123456789012345678901234567890.1234567890123456789012345678901234567890
%CREATE-E-OPENOUT, error opening 1234567890123456789012345678901234567890.1234567890123456789012345678901234567890
as output-RMS-F-FNM, error in file name

Hmm - I just tried that same thing on a VAX running 5.5-2 and was able to
create the 39.39 but not the 40.40 just as on the Alpha running 7.1. I am
not at home now so I can't test that on the uVAX running 5.4.

As for directories - the following was done on the VAX running 5.5-2:

$ create/dir [.123456789012345678901234567890123456789]
$ create/dir [.1234567890123456789012345678901234567890]
%CREATE-E-DIRNOTCRE, [.1234567890123456789012345678901234567890] directory file not created
-RMS-F-DIR, error in directory name

Peter Prymmer
Received on Sat Jan 31 1998 - 16:33:27 GMT

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