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From:scot <scot -at- HCI -dot- COM -dot- AU> Date:Tue, 9 Jan 1996 15:58:00 +1100
>file names that look like.
>Which is the "extension"? A UNIX program can as easily use '_C' as an
>as it can use '.c'. For this reason, at least on UNIX it is a good idea to
>'.' explicit. On DOS and Windows this is not so important (because of the
Umm, a lot of unix programs still have the idea of an extension embedded,
e.g. gzip by default whacks .gz on files, tar -- .tar (of course meaning you
often end up with filename-is-very-long.with.funny-name.tar.gz) ...
I agree however with your assesment, always include the . DOT. In fact if
its for a UNIX system I'd say 'files that end with .ext' or at least
somewhere explain what you mean by _extension_, as in the case of gzipped
tar files, it will have two (or more).
Also, Windows95 complicates things somewhat, because now you can have a file
called filename-is-very-long.with.funny-name.tar.gz , and what's worse,
spaces are OK too.