RE: [hypermail] hypermail-2b30 suggestion

From: Tom von Alten <>
Date: Fri, 17 Nov 2000 09:14:34 -0800
Message-ID: <000301c050b9$db276da0$>

Daniel Stenberg wrote:
> I've never fully understood why it uses the set number of digits
> anyway. Why can't it just do %d instead of %04d or %06d?

The tradeoff is having files that will naturally sort in numeric order, versus having the flexibility to extend the number as needed. Once the program is up and running properly, whether or not the directory sorts easily may be moot, but in the development of programs that produce lots of files in a directory, those leading zeroes are nice to have.

My $.02
_____________ Hewlett-Packard Personal Storage Business Tom von Alten Received on Fri 17 Nov 2000 07:18:02 PM GMT

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