On Fri, 10 Feb 1995 14:07:29 -0700 (PDT) you said:
In either case, I believe we absolutely must allow a boundary string to be
a leading substring of another, otherwise any boundary generator which is
based on a characterized time stamp will break. Or to put it another way, to
specifically disallow it seems absurd!
Why? Why not prepend the character information rather than appending it?
We just sprintf() the output of time and use that in the boundary. I guess
we could then reverse those bytes (with the obvious prevision for a tie-
breaker). But why should we need to?
This substring thing is absolutely counter intuitive! A reasonable person
would consider the whole boundary to be an atomic token. Comparison of two
tokens necessarily involves considering the length of each - not substrings!
Mpack and Netmanage are broken!
Brent Stilley, Oklahoma State University, 113 Math Sciences, Stillwater, 74078