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SubjectRe: VFAT problem
On Fri, 1 Sep 2000, Gaines, Brett W wrote:

> I have discovered a problem with the Linux 2.4.0 VFAT filesystem. Short
> names that have mixed case do not retain their case on the VFAT
> filesystem. This has mostly worked in the past on 2.1.x, 2.2.x, 2.3.x
> kernels. I am currently testing 2.4.0-test8-pre1. The filsystem was
> mounted with the following options: 'uid=500,gid=250,umask=000,quiet'.
> I have code page 437 and ISO 8859-1 built into the kernel with all
> other character sets available as modules. I have attached a BASH script
> that when run on a VFAT mounted filesystem fails. The last test case
> that the script runs fails on ALL versions of Linux that I have tested:
> 2.1.126, 2.2.16, 2.3.99-pre6 thru 2.4.0-test8-pre1.

Is it supposed to? My MS-DOS file system(s) always have shown files
with their names mapped to lower case. The MS-DOS files all have
upper case file-names and always will. It's only Windows file-systems,
starting with FAT-32, then NT-FS that have upper/lower case file-names,
and container-files for "Very Long File Names with spaces and a letter to
the president"

If the file-system is identified as a MS-DOS file-system when mounted,
you will see the file names in lower case. I don't think this is a
bug because that's the way it is designed.

Regardless of how you create them, new file-names will look lower-case,
but internally, corresponding to the MS-DOS de-facto specs., the
file-names will be in upper case.

FYI MBASIC allowed DOS files to be created in lower case. You could
not delete them, except from MBASIC.

Also, your shell-script was created in DOS. Instead of the Unix/Linux
stream-LF format, you had CR/LF at each end-of-line. Not nice if
you expect to have somebody actually test something for you.

Dick Johnson

Penguin : Linux version 2.2.15 on an i686 machine (797.90 BogoMips).

"Memory is like gasoline. You use it up when you are running. Of
course you get it all back when you reboot..."; Actual explanation
obtained from the Micro$oft help desk.

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