[Python-Dev] PEP 428 - pathlib - ready for approval

Ethan Furman ethan at stoneleaf.us
Wed Nov 20 15:01:04 CET 2013

On 11/20/2013 04:25 AM, Garth Bushell wrote:
> I'm also quite uneasy on the case insensitive comparison on Windows as the File system NTFS is case sensitive.

No, it's case-preserving.

> """Current Windows file systems, like NTFS, are case-sensitive; that is a readme.txt and a Readme.txt can exist in the
> same directory. Windows disallows the user to create a second file differing only in case due to compatibility issues
> with older software not designed for such operation."""  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Case_sensitivity)

I just did some tests on my Win7 NTFS file system and I was unable to get two files in the same directory which differed 
only by case using either cmd or explorer.

> If people create .PY files it wouldn't work on Linux so why make it work on windows?

Because it *does* work on windows.

   c:\temp > copy con: hello.PY
   print "Hello World!"

   c:\temp > \python273\python
   --> import hello
   Hello World!

Just one of the many things to be aware of if attempting to write cross-platform code.


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