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Re: case insensitivity revisited

From: Dan Armbrust <daniel.armbrust.list_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2006-10-26 17:41:03 CEST

Ted Dennison wrote:
> James M. Lawrence wrote:
>> My own opinion is that case-preserving, case-insensitive filesystems
>> are conceptually broken when mixed with case-sensitive filesystems.
>> The problem is not the filesystem per se, but that there is no
>> enforced convention for tools which deal with the filesystem.
> Mine remains that the user tools, when used on a case-insensitive
> filesystem, should be smart enough to recognize this fact and behave in
> a case-insensitive manner. Of course this is easy for me to say, as I'm
> a user, not a dev. Implementing this probably involves passing
> case-sensitivity information to the server on every single call, which
> would be a huge change.

This would just create a massive mess when you are going back and forth
between case sensitive and case insensitive platforms.

Seems to me that this is completely a user error.

You should not be relying on the case-insensitivity of a file system to
make your software work correctly. Be consistent with your file names,
and you wouldn't have a problem to start with.

Having subversion mangle things only passes the error farther down the
line, to the next user.


Daniel Armbrust
Biomedical Informatics
Mayo Clinic Rochester
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