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Re: Avoiding duplicate filenames in repository

From: Christopher Ness <chris_at_nesser.org>
Date: 2005-05-27 17:49:20 CEST

On Thu, 2005-05-26 at 14:14 -0700, Chris Weiss wrote:
> We ran into an interesting situation where two different Windows clients
> both added files with identical filenames but different capitalization
> (IE, file1.JPG and file1.jpg). Since *nix considers these two seperate
> filenames, we ended up with both files added to the repository. However,
> when trying to do a checkout or update, Windows would consider them the
> same filename and TortoiseSVN would report being unable to create the
> file. Since the filenames were legal, svnadmin recover/verify didn't see
> anything wrong. It wasn't until I browsed the repository with
> TortoiseSVN (we're using svnserve only as we can't put apache2 on our
> cohosted server) that I noticed there were two files and was able to
> delete one of them.
> Is there any way of preventing this in the future? Since that's the
> nature of *nix/Windows interaction, I realize it's not a bug to be
> fixed, but it sure would be nice to have TortoiseSVN check for potential
> conflicts in the repository before allowing an add like that.

To expand Greg's message a bit, perhaps you could try.

A pre-commit script that uses `grep -i` and `svnlook` to look for
similar file names should work. An excerpt from the grep man page:

       -i, --ignore-case
              Ignore case distinctions in both the PATTERN and the input

Write your error message to STDERR to be returned to the client and exit
with a non zero code to reject a commit.

Be sure not to reject /trunk/file.JPG when /tags/file.jpg exists (check
the full path!)


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