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Re: cvs [server aborted]: <file-name>,v is ambiguous

From: Larry Jones
Subject: Re: cvs [server aborted]: <file-name>,v is ambiguous
Date: Tue, 24 Jun 2003 11:20:12 -0400 (EDT)

Derek Robert Price writes:
>  Larry, you recently expressed a wish to me that case-insensitive file 
> systems would just go away.  Does anybody have a good feel for what 
> would happen if we removed case-insensitivity awareness from the server 
> altogether and let the client deal with it?  I think that since Windows 
> is now (or always was?) case-preserving, there mostly shouldn't be a 
> problem, aside from possibly having to educate users that they have to 
> get the case correct on the initial checkout.

There are other case-insensitive systems that are *not* case preserving,
notably VMS (and the IBM mainframe systems if whoever is working on
porting CVS to that environment ever succeeds).

I think someone really needs to think about the 9 possible cases -- case
insensitive but case preserving, case insensitive case folding, and case
sensitive clients and servers -- and figure out how CVS should behave. 
Once we've decided what it's *supposed* to do, then we can make it do
it.  "Let's try this and see how it works out" is how we got where we
are now, I'm not convinced it's a viable method for improving the

-Larry Jones

Shut up and go get me some antiseptic. -- Calvin

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