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Re: Uppercase and lowercase in filenames

From: Martin Tomes <lists_at_tomes.org>
Date: 2004-06-21 16:56:13 CEST

John Peacock wrote:

> Branko ─îibej wrote:
>> A case-insensitive file system isn't "flawed", it just behaves
>> slightly differently than a case-sensitive file system. You'd be quite
>> as correct to say that a filesystem that allows newlines in file names
>> is flawed.
> A case-preserving but not case-sensitive file system is flawed as far as
> most rational people are concerned.

I would just like to say that although it is inconvenient that different file systems have different
ways of naming files it does not mean that they are flawed. And there are a few of us who don't
take your view who consider ourselves to be rational:-) Most people who have only ever used systems
which are case-preserving but not case-sensitive can't begin to understand why you need, let alone
desire a case sensitive file system. You obviously believe case matters. In fact, my colleague has
just pointed out that if you write an english word with different capitalisation (e.g., Word and
word) it's meaning does not change and a good file name is chosen to convey meaning.

So, all I am saying is that just 'coz it's different doesn't mean it's wrong. I am perfectly
comfortable with both types of file system, and actively use both.

Perhaps we could stop silly arguments about the way the world is and get back to making Subversion
work well for everyone, no matter what file system they choose/have to use.

Martin Tomes
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