Common name space for long and short filenames

CAFC
  • US 5,579,517 A
  • Filed: 04/24/1995
  • Issued: 11/26/1996
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/01/1993
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. In a computer system having a processor running an operating system and a memory means storing the operating system, a method comprising the computer-implemented steps of:

  • (a) storing in the memory means a first directory entry for a file wherein the first directory entry holds a short filename for the file, said short filename including at most a maximum number of characters that is permissible by the operating system;

    (b) storing in the memory means a second directory entry for a the file wherein the second directory entry holds a long filename for the file and wherein the second directory entry includes an attributes field which may be set to make the second directory entry invisible to the operating system and the step of storing the second directory entry further comprises the step of setting the attributes field so that the second directory entry is invisible to the operating system, said long filename including more than the maximum number of characters that is permissible by the operating system; and

    (c) accessing the first directory entry with the operating system.

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