[Python-Dev] os.path.normcase rationale?

Glenn Linderman v+python at g.nevcal.com
Sat Sep 25 00:43:22 CEST 2010

  On 9/24/2010 3:10 PM, Greg Ewing wrote:
> Paul Moore wrote:
>> I dug into this once, and as far as I could tell, it's possible to get
>> the information on Windows, but there's no way on Linux to "ask the
>> filesystem".
> Maybe we could use a heuristic such as:
> 1) Search the directory for an exact match to the name given,
> return it if found.
> 2) Look for a match ignoring case. If one is found, test it to
> see if it refers to the same file as the given path, and if so
> return it.
> 3) Otherwise, raise an exception.

Hmm.  There is no need for the function on a case sensitive file system, 
because the name had better be spelled with matching case: that is, if 
it is spelled with non-matching case it is an attempt to reference a 
non-existent file (or at least a different file).

So the API could do the "right thing" for case preserving or case 
ignoring file systems, but for case sensitive file systems, at most an 
existence check would be warranted.

In other words, the API, should it be created, should be "What is the 
actual name of the file that matches this if it exists in the 
filesystem", so the first check is to see if it exists in the file 
system (this may raise an exception if it doesn't exist), and then if it 
does, then on those filesystems for which it might be different, obtain 
the different name.

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