Mac Lowercase Uppercase Folder names

My developer ran into this problem today, he couldn’t have two folders named the same but with different capitalisation.  I run Ubuntu so it works fine for me.

The reason this came up is we were trying to run someone’s website which had two folders, named the same but with different capitalisation (e.g “ATS” and “ats”).  I don’t approve of naming folders the same as others, in fact I think it is plain ludicrous!  Who in their right mind thinks it is a good idea?

The joys of being a cross OS user.

Is anyone aware of a solution to this? A config? Somehow make Mac allow the folders to differ in names only by capitalisation?  Please leave a comment.

Posted on July 1, 2009 at 4:26 pm by Jordan Carter · Permalink
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2 Responses

  1. Written by kronn
    on July 1, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    You have to use a case-sensitive filesystem for that. The default one isn’t, though.

    I never needed this so bad that I actually got around to reformat my disk and reinstall my whole system, but i would be cleaner. If I get the chance on a new Mac, I choose to format the disk case-sensitive.

    Sorry, I can’t remember wether its HFS+ or not. But it’s easy to find if you read the dialog during a fresh install.

  2. Written by Jordan
    on July 1, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    I see, ok thank you for that! Will remember that for when he gets a new Mac book Pro

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