[cvsnt] Re: Linux/Win32 client's and Win2k server

Tony Hoyle tmh at nothing-on.tv
Fri Aug 30 16:51:37 BST 2002

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On 30 Aug 2002 16:38:33 +0100, Anthony Williams
<anthwil at nortelnetworks.com> wrote:

>tmh at nothing-on.tv (Tony Hoyle) writes:
>> It's not a good idea to have the same name with different case.  Win32
>> clients will treat these as the same file. and Unix clients will treat
>> them as different.  The server is similar - the NT server will treat
>> them as the same file and the Unix server will treat them as
>> different.  So you get confusion in any kind of mixed environment.
>Would it be possible to modify the CVSNT server to use
>FILE_FLAG_POSIX_SEMANTICS when opening files, to preserve case? Obviously,
>this only works on NTFS partitions, but it would allow for the scenario where
>the clients are all UNIX, and they were used to UNIX servers that supported

If you allow this the first person who tried to checkout the
repository on a Windows system would get very confused.  Plus, Windows
users are always using different cases when they modify files (since
they don't see it as significant) - ignoring case is actually quite
useful in that environment.

There's also the problem of having to rewrite the fopen() functions to
support it (which is tedious rather than difficult).

If I did it it'd have to be a configurable option (default off) for
those that really needed it.


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