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Re: Renaming files on win32

From: <kfogel_at_collab.net>
Date: 2004-12-21 03:27:55 CET

"Brass Tilde" <brasstilde@insightbb.com> writes:
> I've never understood this fascination *nix users, and programmers, have
> with case sensitivity. What semantic difference is there between a
> directory named "Finances" and one named "finances", or a file named
> "MyLatestPoem" and one named "mylatestpoem"? None, they both mean the same
> thing to the user of the computer or program. Why then is there a
> difference in the operating system? Is it simply because a programmer
> somewhere decided there should be? Because it saves a CPU cycle by not
> having to flip one bit on or off (well, for ASCII and EBCDIC anyway)? Or is
> there a deeper, more sensible reason?

No, I think it was a deliberate design decision (hey, I wasn't there).
But anyway, our purpose here isn't served by analyzing whether it was
a good decision or not. We just need to figure out how to deal with
the fact that different platforms behave differently. We can't change
them.

(Subversion itself pretty much had to be case-sensitive in the
repository, of course, in order to support case-sensitive platforms at
all.)

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