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Re: Case Sensitivity (was: Re: A List of Issues)

From: Wade Williams <wadesworld_at_mac.com>
Date: 2002-06-07 17:31:12 CEST

On Friday, June 7, 2002, at 05:23 AM, brane@xbc.nu wrote:

> Quoting Philip Martin <philip@codematters.co.uk>:
>
>> Another problem is filenames containing "special" characters. On Unix
>> filenames containing ':' and '\' are perfectly reasonable. Subversion
>> had a file with a ':' in it's name at one point (see the log for revs
>> 1795 and 1805). That caused the Windows svn client to complain but was
>> fine on Unix. I suspect that a filename containing '\' would also
>> cause problems.
>

Can I add in a couple of things to consider on case sensitivity?

1) If subversion is to run on MacOS X, it should be noted that the
default file system HFS+, is case-preserving but not case-sensitive.
This causes problems with some Unix programs that use MAKEFILE and
Makefile for example. However, there's no good reason for having files
identical in name, which differ only in case.

I think this will change later as I highly suspect Apple is working on a
new file system, but for compatibility reasons, HFS+ will be around for
years to come.

2) The colon ":" is a special character on Macintosh systems.

Wade

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