VFAT is case insensitive?!
lee_b at digitalunleashed.com
Fri Sep 16 18:36:25 BST 2005
On Friday 16 September 2005 17:49, Alvin Thompson wrote:
> i just installed another breezy machine, and i have the most peculiar
> problem. during the install, i created a VFAT partition, and all was
> well. now, i noticed that all of the '8.3' filename compliant files i
> put on this partition were showing up in lowercase. i added
> 'shortname=mixed' to fstab and now the files show up in the correct
> case, but still i can access the files in a case-insensitive way. the
> fstab entry is the same as i've always used:
> /dev/hda3 /data vfat rw,noexec,quiet,uid=1000,gid=1000 0 0
> i've never had this problem with my other breezy installs. what's going
> on? what am i missing? how do i fix it? help!
vfat IS case-insenstive. It's a limitation of the filesystem. I don't know
how you ever did NOT have that problem. NTFS is a little better, iirc -- it
keeps the case you use, but will access the same file whichever case you use.
I also think the earlier DOSes (much earlier, that is) used to baulk if you
used anything but a particular case. Not sure if it was upper or lower -- I
You might find UMSDOS more compliant with Unix filesystem standards, but I
think you'll have to tar up any unix directories you want to store on VFAT,
or else use a better filesystem.
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