[Catalog-sig] Case sensitivity of package names

Phillip J. Eby pje at telecommunity.com
Thu Jul 12 21:26:02 CEST 2007

At 03:02 PM 7/12/2007 -0400, Jim Fulton wrote:
>We're talking about
>technical users and I think it is reasonable to expect them to be
>precise in their specifications.

IMO, "technical users" is a wider range of people than you seem to be 
thinking of.  In any case, this is a separate topic from disallowing 
too-similar names -- which you agree we should do.

Whether to then also introduce case-sensitivity into various parts of 
easy_install is another subject that doesn't really matter to the catalog-sig.

Please note, however, that it is not a minor change by any means -- 
case-insensitivity exists throughout pkg_resources and setuptools to 
handle operating system filename case-insensitivity, not just for 
index lookups.  In fact, I believe the index lookups *are* 
case-sensitive; IIRC it's only link parsing that is case-insensitive.

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