[R-SIG-Mac] Case distinction on a Mac.

Gad Abraham gabraham at csse.unimelb.edu.au
Fri Feb 20 01:59:50 CET 2009

Rolf Turner wrote:
> On 20/02/2009, at 1:28 PM, Gad Abraham wrote:
>> Rolf Turner wrote:
>>> I have noticed that OS X sometimes fails to make a case distinction in
>>> the names of files.  E.g. if I have a file ``junk'' and I try to create
>>> a directory using ``mkdir Junk'' it will refuse to do so saying ``file
>>> exists''.
>> It's a (mis)feature of the underlying HFS+ file system that names are
>> not case sensitive (but are case preserving).
>> R is just carrying over this behaviour. OS X 10.6 will have ZFS (by
>> default?), it probably won't be an issue with that file system.
> Thanks.
> Any idea when 10.6 will come out?  And when it does, how enormous a task
> will it be to upgrade to 10.6?

I think 10.6 will be out towards the end of this year. I've only had a 
Mac since Leopard, I'm not familiar with the pain involved in upgrading 

Gad Abraham
Dept. CSSE and NICTA
The University of Melbourne
Parkville 3010, Victoria, Australia
email: gabraham at csse.unimelb.edu.au
web: http://www.csse.unimelb.edu.au/~gabraham

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