[clug] case-insensitive file system

Kim Holburn kim.holburn at anu.edu.au
Wed Jun 16 01:20:29 GMT 2004

On 2004 Jun 16, , at 10:54 AM, David Gibson wrote:

> On Wed, Jun 16, 2004 at 10:44:56AM +1000, Michael Still wrote:
>> Kim Holburn wrote:
>>> For a particular use I need a case-insensitive file system.  Short of
>>> using samba and doing a remount, does anyone know of a way of doing 
>>> this
>>> under linux.  Is there an ext2/3 option to do this?  is there an fs 
>>> that
>>> can do this?
>> I can't see an option for ext2 in the mount man page. If ext2 doesn't 
>> do
>> it, then ext3 wont either.
>> This sounds like a fairly trivial userspace filesystem task, although 
>> if
>> you have serious performance requirements then that might not be the
>> right answer. Are case sensitive clients also going to be using the
>> filesystem, or just the case insensitive ones?
> No, it's really not a trivial task in userspace.  The only way to do a
> case-insensitve lookup from userspace is list and scan the entire
> directory manually.  Ugly and slow.

Well I was initially thinking of some kind of samba export and remount. 
  I just thought there must be a simpler more direct way of doing it.   
Perhaps the FAT(Pat. pending) option!!!

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