Filenames with Win32 special characters (or: Interix filename compatibility)

Christopher Faylor
Sat Jul 12 17:29:00 GMT 2008

On Sat, Jul 12, 2008 at 05:32:46PM +0200, Corinna Vinschen wrote:
>On Jul 12 09:50, Christopher Faylor wrote:
>> On Sat, Jul 12, 2008 at 11:37:29AM +0200, Corinna Vinschen wrote:
>> >What if Cygwin checks itself for the obcaseinsensitivity registry key
>> >and takes it into account?  If the user *made* the choice, we could be
>> >case sensitive by default and only case insensitive on mount points
>> >with the "nocase" (or whatever) option.  Otherwise, if the registry
>> >key isn't set, all operations are case insensitive as usual.  As for
>> >the managed mounts, we could drop them entirely
>> >
>> >Good?  Bad?  Ugly?
>> That's actually what I thought you were proposing.  Why should Cygwin
>> assume case sensitivity if the underlying OS doesn't support it?
>Actually, I wasn't sure what I was proposing :)
>Assuming the above idea is basically sane, what about grandpa NT4
>and grandma Win2K?  Both kernels are case sensitive by default and
>both don't know the above registry key.  Erring on the side of caution
>*could* mean, that Cygwin only goes case sensitive if the registry
>exists and is set to 0.  Or, we're progressive and are case sensitive
>if the registry doesn't exist or is set to 0.

I would be ok with saying that case sensitivity only works on XP and


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