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Re: Case Insensitive Filesystems

From: Derek Robert Price
Subject: Re: Case Insensitive Filesystems
Date: Thu, 12 Jun 2003 09:58:19 -0400
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I think Larry & bug-cvs missed some of Mark's and my discussion about case-insensitive filesystems, mainly in regards to Mac OS X and how it can run with a case-sensitive UFS filesystem if the sysadmin is willing to donate a little elbow grease.

Anyhow, I just had the thought that since this is a client setting, perhaps it should be a global command line option defaulting as before (case-insensitive on Windows & Mac OS X, maybe using the build time detection I proposed). This way it could be set in a .cvsrc or the default overridden at client build time. This way a user who knows more than we do about their file system can get things correct.

This is, of course, unless somebody can propose an efficient & safe run-time test for case-insensitivity. I'm currently avoiding having every run of CVS in client mode doing something like, "echo file 1 >.testfile; echo file 2 >.TESTFILE; test "file 1" = `cat .testfile`;".



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