Re: linux on HFS? why not HPFS instead?

Matthias Urlichs (
Sun, 5 May 1996 13:07:45 +0100

In, article <Pine.LNX.3.93.960505025601.2581B-100000@t=>,
Justin Dossey <> writes:
> Oh, I disagree. Having the fs be sensitive (to the fault you describ=
e) to
> cases gives me double the filename possibilities. Additionally, if t=
Wrong, it gives you 2 ^ (number of letters in filename) possibilities.

> describe makes that impossible. If you don't use filename completion=
> wildcards, then yes, you're wasting time--just don't blame it on the
> system. Capitals exist for a reason in Linux.
Unfortunately, you cannot create a case sensitive HFS file system. HFS =
specified to be case preserving. A Macintosh would have a severe case o=
indigestion if you fed it with a directory in which you have created bo=
"Makefile" and "makefile".

On a case-preserving file system, of course, your Makefile would still =
fount when you type M<tab>. But the only reasonably compatible way to d=
with this issue is to have the HFS file system return an error if you t=
to create a makefile when Makefile exists.

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