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    SubjectRe: [PATCH] Add CONFIG_VFAT_NO_CREATE_WITH_LONGNAMES option
    On Fri, May 01, 2009 at 05:01:09PM -0400, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
    > On Fri, May 01, 2009 at 03:18:20PM -0500, Steve French wrote:
    > > For those manufacturers who who would like to disable
    > > creation of long file names, but allow reading long file names,
    > > and handle FAT32 on disk format and maximum sizes, it seems
    > > reasonable to give them a simple configure option for it. It is
    > > harder, and less effective, to make the corresponding change
    > > to modify the mount helper and kernel code to add
    > > a new mount option, because it can be bypassed trivially
    > > at the command line (ie having to "force" mount to pass a "nolongfilename"
    > > mount option, would be harder than a simple kernel configure option)
    >
    > Steve, can you please stop the bullshitting?
    >
    > >From the complete lack of technical arguments it's pretty obvious that
    > this seems to be some FUD fallout from the MS vs TomTom patent lawsuite.
    >
    > I'm not a lawyer so I don't know how much of a threat it is. But either
    > the case gets shot down by showing prior art and everything is fine, or
    > we indeed are in deep trouble and should remove it completely. Given
    > the Cc list on here IBM seems to have some legal opinion on it, so can
    > we please see it and discuss what we want to with all cards on the
    > table?

    Hello, Christoph!

    Hmmm... Both Tridge and Dave have Signed-off-by on the original patch,
    and Steve has Acked-by, Mingming has Cc, and Dave is on the From list
    rather than the Cc list, so I have to guess that there is a good chance
    that you are talking about me. ;-)

    However, as far as I know, none of us are lawyers, and LKML is definitely
    a technical rather than a legal forum, so we really do need to stick to
    technical topics. I understand that this might be a bit frustrating
    to you. On the other hand, I for one much prefer being in a forum
    restricted to technical topics than to be in those places designed to
    handle legal topics!

    I suspect that this is not the answer that you were looking for, and
    I do apologize for any disappointment, but this does happen to be the
    answer that I have.

    Thanx, Paul


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