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[Gnu-arch-users] case preserving vs. case insensitive

From: Pierce T . Wetter III
Subject: [Gnu-arch-users] case preserving vs. case insensitive
Date: Wed, 10 Mar 2004 07:52:39 -0700

Personally, I have a little bit of trouble taking case insentive
filesystems seriously.

That's because you're a nuts and bolts geek instead of a UI geek like me. :-)

  Note that English, is CaSe InsEnsiTive.

Other languages can be even worse, that case is even less significant then in english.

So it makes no sense to have the UI case sensitive when the user isn't.

Note that most file systems are actually case preserving, in that the file names are stored on disk with the specified case, but you can specify the file with the wrong case in UI tools and it will give you the right file.

Mac OS X for instance, tends to be case insensitive in the GUI, but the command line interface is case sensitive. The file system is case preserving.


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