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10.4: Use Adobe Creative Suite with case-sensitive HFS
Authored by: matt.simerson on May 16, '05 02:17:52PM
What made you select case sensitive HFS+ as your file system anyway? Note it's not a supported file system for OS X installs, so you may well run into other issues.
"The benefits are many for standard UNIX," such as what? Poorly written apps are the only ones that depend on case sensitivity of the file system, anyway.
And what an ugly workaround, creating a specific disk image for one particular app. I'd suggest you just re-install on a standard HFS+ partition, as Apple recommends you do.

It is true that using case sensitive HFS "can" cause problems for some Mac OS apps. That's because Mac apps were written for HFS, a case insensitive file system. However, you are wrong and naive on every other point.

Case sensitive IS a supported file system for OS X installs (on 10.4 Server).

The original poster is correct in that "case sensitive is extremely useful for stardard unix." It's especially useful for developers and many end users (think academic and scientific community) who want to run software written for unix systems. Unix systems traditionally have case sensitive file systems and it's not "poorly programmed" when software expects that.

Even if you agree that the vast majority of open source software is poorly programmed because of this, it still doesn't obviate it's usefulness. I've had issues using some extremely well written software on OS X because of case insensitivity. Apple has already seen and had to fix security issues due to them using software written for case sensitive file systems. They chose those programs (such as Apache) because they are authored so well.

Having Apple support using a case sensitive file system is A Very Good Thing. It increases interoperability and the ease of porting a vast array of open source and commercial software to OS X. It's a great option for developers. It's very easy for Mac OS developers to no longer assume the file system is case insensitive. As they remove those assumptions, it opens the doors to natively using alternative file systems such as AFS.

You comment on how "ugly" the workaround to this CS issue is. What's ugly is that it's necessary, and that's Adobe's fault, not the author of this post. What's truly ugly is suggesting that the fellow reformat his disk to solve the problem.



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