On Mon, Feb 24, 2003 at 10:58:43PM -0500, Chris Zubrzycki wrote:
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>On Monday, February 24, 2003, at 10:43 PM, Jordan Hubbard wrote:
>> You should try doing some development some time then. Try, for
>> example, to check the "cvs" project out of darwin.org (or
>> opendarwin.org for that matter) on an HFS filesystem. Other examples
>> abound, like the /usr/bin/head vs /usr/bin/HEAD controversy.
>> This isn't just some made-up issue, it's quite real.
>> - Jordan
>> On Monday, February 24, 2003, at 05:35 PM, Ben Hines wrote:
>>> A lot of UNIX heads seem to think they need this, when in fact they
>please, no more flamewars over this... It would be very nice to have a
>good case sensitive filesystem, i'd love to be able to use xfs or
>something on os x.
I certainly don't want flame wars, and perhaps I overreacted to what I took
as condescending (A lot of UNIX heads seem to think they need this, when in
fact they don't) remarks.
The fact is that the vast majority of Unix systems are case sensitive, and
there's over 30 years of software development on these systems. It took me
less than four hours of working on OS X before the case insensitivity bit
me in the butt when trying to build software that we've been using and
developing for about 18 years.
If people are developing software on OS X, and want it to be portable to
other versions of Unix, then they have to take case sensitivity into
account. Ignoring this, and taking advantage of Apple's file system's case
insensitivy can lead to bad habits that will come back to bite them when
they try to build on other Unix systems. Typos in file names won't be
detected on OS X.
>And in Ben's defense, he maintains over 93 packages in fink, and is
>very active with fink itself, aside from other projects he is active
>in, (liboss, etc.)
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