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RE: Renaming files on win32

From: James FitzGibbon <jfitzgibbon_at_primustel.ca>
Date: 2004-12-21 20:23:18 CET

To not support case sensitive filenames on a platform that has them would
render subversion useless for maintaining local changes to 3rd party source.

If I load the sources for a Perl module into SVN, that pre-existing
infrastructure
for that module is going to assume that running the program "perl
Makefile.PL" is
going to produce the file "Makefile", which can then be parsed by "make".

If the case was not preserved by subversion, all of this would break down
(unless
the OS goes to some incredible lengths to make it work properly, a la OS X).

So while the textbook example of having {Test,test,TEST} in one directory
might
not be all that common, use of case sensitive filenames is. So long as that
is the case, any cross-platform VC system is going to have to support case
sensitive files.

That doesn't mean that SVN couldn't be coaxed to DWIM in cases where the OS
is case preserving but not case sensitive. I wouldn't want to see that
behaviour
on all platforms, because it would break my expected behaviour on *NIX.

I also have to think that as computers move towards full and proper Unicode
instead of ASCII that case sensitivity becomes less of an issue. After all,
do asian languages have uppercase and lowercase (excl. Romanji)? Everything
is just a bunch of code points, and to presume that one range of code points
is logically equal to another same-sized range of code points is going to
get
you in trouble eventually.

Regards

-----Original Message-----
From: news [mailto:news@sea.gmane.org] On Behalf Of Norbert Unterberg
Sent: Tuesday, December 21, 2004 2:04 PM
To: users@subversion.tigris.org
Subject: Re: Renaming files on win32

kfogel@collab.net schrieb:

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

Beeing a windows user, I always wanted to ask this:
Do *ix users really rely on case sensitivy (in the sense that they store
multiple files with just different case in the same direcotry, like Test,
test, TEST) so much that subversion needs to support this? Is that common
practice there?

Norbert

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