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Dan Sugalski
November 28, 2000 15:02
Re: What was it layers were for again ?
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At 10:58 PM 11/28/00 +0000, Nicholas Clark wrote:
>On Tue, Nov 28, 2000 at 09:21:21PM +0000, Nick Ing-Simmons wrote:
> > Bart Schuller <> writes:
> > >I'd love to hear from people/programs who actually use this "feature".
> > CP/M did not store the file length in the directory just a sector count.
> > The ^Z allowed you to have files which were not a multiple of sector size.
> > DOS (even with 12-bit FAT) has always allowed binary files on floppies.
>Aah. So CP/M would be one of systems taking advantage of ANSI C saying
>that the system is allowed to pad a binary file with arbitrary trailing zero
>bytes, in this case to take it up to the end of the sector.

Nah, it's the other way around. CP/M predates ANSI C by a decade or two. 
I'm not even sure that there are any CP/M machines running any more, 
outside a museum or Jerry Pournelle's basement. (Same thing, I suppose...)


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