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Re: Changing SVN Repository from Linux to Windows

From: John <jsparrow_at_ecclescollege.ac.uk>
Date: 2005-07-24 13:45:52 CEST

eric <eric <at> ehlarson.com> writes:

> You feel that svn should have support for Windows file name case
> insensitivity;

Yep ;)

I think Win32 (and OS X?) support can only ever be seen as 'partial' until this
is supported in the core.

> the current developement team does not have an interest
> in implementing this. If you were really interested in a partnership you
> would work on some way to facilitate the implementation of that feature
> rather than complain that Windows was being treated as a second class
> citizen.

Which indeed I'm doing - despite the fact that I haven't worked in C for a
decade, and my systems arn't configured to build SVN (but I am trying). We're
not all C devs, remember.

In fact C devs on win32 are rare these days. We're not just being difficult,
contribution is not so easy on our platform (lib usage etc). Now if it was
written in VB ;)

Frankly, I've also heard it said that (to paraphrase) "No one mentions core
case-insensitivity, so it's obviously not important". (see issue 667, 1495, 2010
for examples of this) Whereas in fact, every time someone does ask for it, they
get told (again paraphrasing) "Isn't not an issue on Unix. If you want it, do it

That could sound hostile, and doesn't encourage constructive input. (I'm accused
of 'complaining', and told 'if you really were interested in partnership you
would ... facilitate the implementation'. And that's not paraphrasing).

I do actually believe that the SVN dev community is more altruistic that you
suggest - they're not just thinking me, me, me all the time, and they have a
genuine interest in making the best possible system, for *all* platforms (my
'equal partners' point was about platforms, not every user equally contributing
to development, which is impossible).

So I will try to implement this myself, but I'd just like to point out that it's
an issue which causes problems, even in win32-only shops. I know if I was
selling SVN to by boss, I'd want to stay very quiet about this issue...


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