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RE: Mixed case file names

From: Gavin Lambert <gavinl_at_compacsort.com>
Date: 2005-12-15 00:23:51 CET

Quoth Scott Palmer <mailto:scott.palmer@2connected.org>:
> 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.

Actually the way I read Mark's message was that it was
case-insensitive-yet-case-preserving behaviour that was user friendly.
ie. Windows and Mac both have user-friendly behaviour; Unix/Linux does
not. So you're actually agreeing with each other :)

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