One of the changes that I think needs to be introduced with Deja IIx is some additional prefix specifiers.
Currently, the APLWORKS.SYSTEM is set to most likely live at somethng like:
As you can tell, that is a very, very log pathname — and that’s just the starting point. Obviously , we have already have a special specifier for this location “*/”.
What this points out, however, is that files are likely to sit fairly deep in the hierarchical file structure on your Mac drive. This gets more complicated when you take into account that ProDOS name limitations are a fraction of the Mac’s.
So what to do. Well, I’m looking at adding additional special prefixes which can be set in the Mac environment. On the Mac side, these are always expanded out to their specified location, so matter where it sits on the hard drive.
So, you’ll be able to specify a path with something like “#01/filename.awp” and it will read the “filename.awp” from the location specified for “#01/” which will reduce a 60-70 character path down to 4 characters. Not all the details are worked out, but it should help mitigate some of the Mac HFS+ <-> ProDOS path issues.