[vdr] [PATCH] MaxThemeName and MaxSkinName limit

Klaus Schmidinger Klaus.Schmidinger at tvdr.de
Sat Mar 23 22:50:01 CET 2013

On 23.03.2013 17:14, Lucian Muresan wrote:
> Hi,
> thank you Klaus for holding up your release plan for 2.0!
> However, I hope this minor patch won't be too much trouble for you, as
> it only increases the limit of 16 to theme and skin names, letting them
> be NAME_MAX as almost any files, since these names can also be involved
> in file names.
> Was there a good reason to limit them at 16 only, perhaps the fear that
> the name won't fit on the OSD? I don't really think someone would really
> make use of as many as 255 characters for this. On the other hand, users
> just encountered crashes with plugins which (unfortunately, yet) have
> themes of their own, when just adding a new theme with a name longer
> than 16 and at the same time the original plugin author relied on
> MaxThemeName when allocating the string length.

Those are bugs in the plugins and should be fixed there.
Or is this something that can also happen in the core VDR?

> So, what do you think, easy to adopt?

Well, for one, now is definitely not the right time for a change like this!
And furthermore, skin and theme names should be short. What sense does it
make to call a theme something like "This is the theme that implements a range
of colors from 400 nanometers to 700 nanometers", when you could just plain
simple call it "rainbow"? ;-)

So I'd say the limit is there for a reason, and should stay there.


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