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Re: Case insensitivity ad nauseum


From: Andy Jones
Subject: Re: Case insensitivity ad nauseum
Date: Wed, 05 Nov 2003 15:53:38 +0000

FWIW It seems to me that that Steve McIntyre is correct - it's not fair to expect CVS to resolve a fundamental feature of its underlying OS.
If this is a problem, it should be fixed there, not here.

Historically I think the choice was between a case-insensitive and case-sensitive file system - the latter was obviously better. The idea of a case-insensitive, case-preserving file system is quite a recent one. It *is* a nice idea, but we have to play the cards we've already been dealt.

Andy Jones
Tapestry Software


At 03:34 pm 5/11/03, Derek Robert Price wrote:
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Jim.Hyslop wrote:

|It sounds like I'm going to be the sole dissenting voice here, at least so
|far. Let me explain my reasoning; it will be rather round-about, but please
|bear with me. It will (I hope) make sense in the end.


[. . . snip . . .]

|It won't be easy, and I'm sure the problem is rather complex, but I truly
|believe the end results *will* be worth the extra effort involved.


Are you volunteering to maintain this code?  I'm getting sick of it.  :)

Seriously, case-philosophies aside, we could remove the handling from
CVS and anyone sharing your beliefs could still install a
case-insensitive file system on a UNIX server and put their CVS
repository there to get the behaviour you want.

As it stands, Windows users will only get the behavior you prefer
_sometimes_, since as long as the repository exists on a case sensitive
file system, files with "conflicting case" can still exist in the
repository.

I don't think the overhead for such a small gain, the worth of which is
completely dependant on personal case-philosophy, and which system
administrators can configure according to their own personal
case-philosophy, is worth it.

Derek

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