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Re: Case sensitivity

At Fri, 16 Apr 2010 10:09:45 -0400, Louis Guillaume 
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Subject: Re: Case sensitivity
> So while it's great that Apple supports case sensitivity, I think many 
> Application vendors (who should know better) don't give a crap! And that 
> doesn't bode well for pkgsrc in this case.

I think you may have missed the part about re-partitioning.  :-)

I.e. users who wish to use unix-based software, including pkgsrc and
fink and whatever else, _SHOULD_ create a case-sensitive partition where
such software has a better chance of not running up against problems
due to lack of POSIX compatibility with the underlying filesystem.

There is no need to choose sides -- either leave the default partition
to be case-insensitive and continue to install all Apple/OSX-specific
apps there, or alternately re-install onto a case-sensitive startup
partition and create a second case-insensitive partition for all those
apps which are too broken to deal with unix and posix requirements.
(All app installs I've ever used will ask which disk they should be
installed on, though I must admit I have never, and will never,
knowingly install any Adobe software on my Macs so I don't know for sure
that Adobe's installs will allow this. :-))

My point was that there is now no _real_ need to worry about telling
ordinary users to re-partition their disk so that they can use
unix-based software on their Mac.  The procedure to do repartitioning in
Snow Leopard is now very trivial and very user-friendly, and a second
unix-specific partition for unix-based software can easily be created
without requiring an extra disk, etc., and leaving the user's main
partition(s) to their default happy bliss of case-insensitivity.

Why should pkgsrc (or fink or macports whatever) try (vainly?) to be the
gateway between case-sensitive and case-insensitive worlds when there is
no _real_ need for it to do so.  Third parties who highly recommend
pkgsrc have been telling people to create case-sensitive partitions on
which to do it now for several years already anyway -- it would seem
obvious that pkgsrc itself should just go ahead and do the same instead
of pretending to try to walk the middle no-man's ground.

Probably the same should be said for the main NetBSD source tree too!

                                                Greg A. Woods
                                                Planix, Inc.

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