Peter.Crowther at melandra.com
Sun Dec 3 13:09:26 UTC 2000
> From: Tim Rowledge [mailto:tim at sumeru.stanford.edu]
> Time to redo it all... separate the name from the stream, add some more
> capable prims, clean it up.
I think the key here is the more capable primitives. Most modern OSs can
tell you whether a file exists. Some can even tell you whether you can read
it or not (Windows NT, sadly, does not appear to be one of them --- there's
a separate COM component to tell you). The question is, as always, whether
the effort required to maintain N different implementations of the primitive
is worth the gain. In this case, I'd argue that it is... but I don't
maintain a VM :-).
> System going down at 1:45 for disk crashing.
(Chuckle). Next time you see Ian Piumarta, ask him about the number of
disks mushroom went through at the University --- and what happens when you
do a 23-hour coding stint and lose the disk!
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