[Vm-dev] Re: [Pharo-dev] issue with large file path on windows

Ben Coman btc at openinworld.com
Mon Aug 24 14:59:25 UTC 2015

(CC'd vm-dev)

On Mon, Aug 24, 2015 at 12:09 AM, Nicolai Hess <nicolaihess at web.de> wrote:
> And If you want to review the changes:
> https://github.com/nicolaihess/pharo-vm/compare/master...nicolaihess:win-long-filename

I don't have a Windows machine to test on, but I perused the changes.
one spelling defect ../platforms/win32/vm/sqWin32.h, line 452 "functiosn"

Now my curiosity is aroused regarding sqFileDeleteNameSize() in [1].
Where does its parameter "char* fileNameIndex" get its null termination?
I can only guess maybe the following definition in primitiveFileDelete.st [2]
    <var: 'nameIndex' type: 'char *'>
automatically appends a null to the Smalltalk string. My understanding
is that the Smalltalk string's internal representation is not null

I ask since the sqFileDeleteNameSize()'s comment "convert the file
name into a null-terminated C string" indicates the null is added by
MultiByteToWideChar(), but [3] indicates that is not true -- that the
output of MultiByteToWideChar() is only null terminated if the input
is null terminated.

Also, anyone know if the concern "BIG WARNING about the return value
and the `cbMultiByte` parameter" expressed near the end of [3] is

[1] ../pharo-vm/platforms/win32/plugins/FilePlugin/sqWin32FilePrims.c
[2] ../pharo-vm/mc/VMMaker.oscog.package/FilePlugin.class/instance/primitiveFileDelete.st
[3] https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/dd319072(v=vs.85).aspx

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