[Python-Dev] devguide: Point out that OS X users need to change examples to use python.exe instead of

Ned Deily nad at acm.org
Mon Jan 10 23:37:19 CET 2011

In article <DC9E7E39-F945-4B26-9F58-CB5655D0D3D8 at twistedmatrix.com>,
 Glyph Lefkowitz <glyph at twistedmatrix.com> wrote:

> On Jan 10, 2011, at 1:37 PM, ®©ukasz Langa wrote:
> > I'm using the case-sensitive variant of HFS+ since 10.4. It works, I like 
> > it and you get ./python with it.
> I realize that this isn't a popularity contest for this feature, but I feel 
> like I should pipe up here and mention that it breaks some applications - for 
> example, you can't really install World of Warcraft on a case-insensitive 
> filesystem.  Not the filesystem's fault really, but it is a good argument for 
> why users shouldn't choose it.

It's true that there is a bit of risk (and breaking WoW would be a big 
one for aficionados).  Over the past few years, I have run into a few 
traditional Mac apps that did break when installed in a case-sensitive 
HFS.  In all but one case, the app developers were happy to have the bug 
report and fix the app.  I thought I noticed that Apple was starting to 
ship new machines formatted as case-insensitive but I may be imagining 
that.  OTOH, there have been Unixy packages that break on 
case-insensitive systems, also arguably a bug.

 Ned Deily,
 nad at acm.org

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