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Re: heimdal on GNU HURD

From: Thomas Bushnell, BSG
Subject: Re: heimdal on GNU HURD
Date: 30 Sep 2001 11:35:19 -0700
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"Jacques A. Vidrine" <n@nectar.com> writes:

> Much  like   comparing  the   hostname  to   pathnames,  this   is  an
> apples-to-oranges comparison.   Besides, since  the system  can define
> HOST_NAME_MAX to be any  value larger than _POSIX_HOST_NAME_MAX, there
> is no arbitrary limit.  As has  been discussed, this is the reason the
> constant was introduced (rather than a hard limit of 255).

I think you missed the point here.

If we set HOST_NAME_MAX to any particular value, then that value
becomes an arbitrary limit.  We, the system designers, cannot know at
compile time what the limit should be.

Perhaps the Right Thing is to set HOST_NAME_MAX to maxint.  Will that
be fine?  It would conform to the standard and put to rest claims that
we are somehow remiss by not defining it.


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