Status of --ignorcase option in main tree/build?

Aaron Davies aaron.davies at
Sat May 17 05:32:31 GMT 2008

On Fri, May 16, 2008 at 12:24 PM, Matt McCutchen <matt at> wrote:
> On Fri, 2008-05-16 at 08:54 -0400, Charles Marcus wrote:
>> On 5/15/2008 7:18 PM, Wayne Davison wrote:
>> > I don't particularly like the option, so my current inclination is to
>> > just keep it available in the patches directory for those that want it.
>> Hi Wayne,
>> I hope you don't mind a follow-up...
>> You can do what you want, of course, but the problem with this is some
>> of the people who will want to use rsync to backup Windows boxes are -
>> or at least I am - shall we say, not programmers, and are not totally
>> comfortable patching code - and so will be at the mercy of someone
>> else's generosity for providing a patched version of the rsync binary.
>> Matt was kind enough to do this for me a while back with 2.6.9, but I'd
>> rather not keep bothering him every time a new version is released.
> To some degree I can see Wayne's rationale for not including
> --ignore-case in the main version of rsync.  Officially, rsync targets
> only Unix-like systems, not Windows, though OS-specific compatibility
> changes/features are fair game for the maintained patches.  I remember
> Wayne declined another Windows-specific change I proposed a while ago.

How does this work on OS X/HFS+ (case-preserving, but
case-insensitive)? Any issues with the standard build in a mixed-OS
scenario like this?
Aaron Davies
aaron.davies at

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