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Caluser2000

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Got this yesterday.

The first release of PCGeos/GeoWorks did this from the very start.
 

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krebizfan

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The first release of GeoWorks used the Windows 95 LFN method? Many programs had their own internal long file name method stored in a special file but that was inconvenient since the file system did not show the long file name.

Both of the programs that modified the stock Windows file dialogs for LFN were rather flakey.
 

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The first release of GeoWorks used the Windows 95 LFN method? Many programs had their own internal long file name method stored in a special file but that was inconvenient since the file system did not show the long file name.

Both of the programs that modified the stock Windows file dialogs for LFN were rather flakey.
I did not mention anything about win9x LFNs
 

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The first release of GeoWorks used the Windows 95 LFN method?

What Caluser2000 was referring to (if I'm reading him right) is that GEOS didn't have to "upgrade" to longer-than-DOS filenames while Windows did. GEOS stores it's long filenames inside the actual GEOS file. The advantages are that all filenames automatically get moved and copied with their files and no tinkering with DOS functions or FAT directories takes place. Everything is nicely embedded in GEOS without affecting any DOS functionality or third party DOS system software such as disk defragmenters. The drawback is that you can only have long filenames for GEOS files: both GEOS programs and GEOS data files. So all DOS files still have to have the standard 8.3 filenames. (This is changed, of course, if your DOS has win95 LFN capability, but the idea of separate GEOS and DOS filenames still holds.)

Many programs had their own internal long file name method stored in a special file but that was inconvenient since the file system did not show the long file name.

4DOS is one of those. But, later on, there was a TSR program which accessed the 4DOS descriptions through the LFN functions, so that you could use 4DOS descriptions as regular LFNs in older DOS's.
 
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