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Re: Case sensitivity

On Fri, 16 Apr 2010 10:09:45 -0400
Louis Guillaume <> wrote:

> On 4/13/10 9:14 PM, Greg A. Woods wrote:
> > It is now very trivial for anyone using current Mac OS X (i.e. in Snow
> > Leopard and newer) to re-partition even their start-up disk and create a
> > partition with an HFS+ filesystem that has the case-sensitive option
> > turned on.  Disk Utility allows any remaining free space to be split off
> > into a separate partition and at that point one can choose the options
> > for the filesystem that will occupy the new partition.  (Unfortunately
> > UFS2 is not an option, nor I guess will ZFS ever be an option either.)
> > (Sadly, and for reasons I cannot quite imagine, an existing filesystem
> > cannot be made to be case-sensitive, so you can't change your startup
> > partition without re-installing.)
> >
> The problem with this approach is one I encountered when I began using 
> pkgsrc on OS X a few years ago. I noticed (I think with Tiger) that I 
> was allowed to format the system with case sensitivity. For me it was 
> the obvious choice and I did it. pkgsrc worked well.
> Then I needed to use some Adobe products (Photoshop et al) for work. 
> Their installers failed miserably due to case sensitivity. I battled as 
> much as I could, but in the end they won; the Adobe stuff didn't work 
> right and was too hard to maintain on disk images etc. I had to revert 
> to case insensitivity and use --ignore-case-check for the bootstrap.
> 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.
> Louis

Thats because case-sensitivity is a crap. :)

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