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Re: Mixed case file names

From: Scott Palmer <scott.palmer_at_2connected.org>
Date: 2005-12-14 23:59:04 CET

On 14-Dec-05, at 3:36 PM, Mark Parker wrote:

> Also, remember that not only Windows has the "problem". Some
> filesystems used by MacOS also exhibit case-insensitive-yet-case-
> preserving behavior (and many users consider it to be the most
> "user friendly" behavior).

It is far from "user" friendly. It is entirely "machine" friendly.
No people work that way... or do you have to tell people the case of
each letter in your name (or the name of ANYTHING other than a
computer file on a unix system) to be sure they have the right
person? The entire problem is a ridiculous artifact of coding
things in a very unfriendly way. Just because the computer can do
it, doesn't mean it should be done. Case-sensitive filesystems =
design error.

Curiously systems that are considered "user friendly" (e.g. Mac,
Windows XP, heck.. even the ancient Amiga :) are the ones without the
case-sensitivity. Unix has a reputation for being NOT user
friendly. That speaks volumes.

I'll stop whining now and go back to work :)

Scott

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