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Re: filename case insensitivity in subversion?

From: Ryan Schmidt <subversion-2008c_at_ryandesign.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2008 22:46:28 -0500

On Sep 23, 2008, at 2:25 PM, ANDREW.LUCAS_at_L-3Com.com wrote:

> At risk of beating a dead horse, I have to ask if there is a way to
> make svnserve case insensitive?

There isn't.

> We have users of studio 2008 that are having issues as studio 2008
> seems to lose filename case persistence.
> MS admitted the issue for studio 2005 and even patched one
> instance, but I canít find anything for 2008 yet.
> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/935935/en-us

Sounds like an issue you need to take up with Microsoft.

> I also donít see a way to modify the python scripts when using
> svnserve. I think we are using pre-compiled binaries. If we
> compiled everything ourselves (svnserve, not the apache interface),
> could we use things like the following? http://svn.collab.net/
> repos/svn/trunk/contrib/hook-scripts/case-insensitive.py

I think you misunderstand...

You simply write a pre-commit hook and place it in your repository's
hooks directory. From your pre-commit hook script, you can call case-
insensitive.py to prevent commits of files whose names would differ
from existing files only by case. You can read more about hooks in
the book:


> Also, does anyone have experience using that script? It looks like
> it just throws an error when case sensitivity issues occur? It
> doesnít actually do anything like change all names to lower case,
> etc? What is its actual behavior?

You're correct. It prevents incorrect commits.

pre-commit hook scripts cannot change incoming transactions; they can
only prevent those that do not pass whatever criteria you want to set.

> Has any (recent) thought been make to make subversion archives case
> insensitive (maybe even on an repository by repository basis)? We
> do mixed development here and some systems actually are case
> sensitive. It might be nice to be able to create Microsoft only
> repositories with case-insensitivity or a force to all lower/upper
> case.

Not that I'm aware of.

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