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From: "Torsten Bögershausen" <>
To: Junio C Hamano <>
Cc: Mark Amery <>,
Subject: Re: Bug: Changing folder case with `git mv` crashes on case-insensitive file system
Date: Thu, 6 May 2021 06:34:29 +0200	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <20210506043429.zqgzxjrj643avrns@tb-raspi4> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <xmqqtuni58ra.fsf@gitster.g>

On Wed, May 05, 2021 at 09:23:05AM +0900, Junio C Hamano wrote:
> Torsten Bögershausen <> writes:
> > To my undestanding we try to rename
> > foo/ into FOO/.
> > But because FOO/ already "exists" as directory,
> > Git tries to move foo/ into FOO/foo, which fails.
> >
> > And no, the problem is probably not restricted to MacOs,
> > Windows and all case-insenstive file systems should show
> > the same, but I haven't tested yet, so it's more a suspicion.
> >
> > The following diff allows to move foo/ into FOO/
> > If someone wants to make a patch out if, that would be good.
> Is strcasecmp() sufficient for macOS whose filesystem has not just
> case insensitivity but UTF-8 normalization issues?

Strictly speaking: no.

The Git code doesn't handle UTF-8 uppper/lower case at all:
git mv bar.txt BAR.TXT works because strcasecmp() is catching it.

git mv bär.txt BÄR.TXT needs the long way:
git mv bär.txt baer.txt && git mv baer.txt BÄR.TXT

We have been restricting the case-change-is-allowed to ASCII filenames
all the time.
There is no information, which code points map onto each other in Git,
since this is all file system dependent.
NTFS has one way, HFS+, APFS another, VFAT a third one, and if I expose
ext4 via SAMBA we probably have another one.
Not mentioniong that ext4 can be use case-insensitve on later Linux kernels,
which sticks to unicode.
Or Git repos running on machines using ISO-8859-1, those should be rare these

That said, people are renaming files in ASCII only and are happy,
and in that sense renaming directories in ASCII can be supported
without major hassle.

And the inode approach mentioned as well:
This could go on top of strcasecmp() to cover non-ASCII filenames
or other oddities, if someone implements it.

  parent reply	other threads:[~2021-05-06  4:36 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 14+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2021-05-03 17:25 Bug: Changing folder case with `git mv` crashes on case-insensitive file system Mark Amery
2021-05-03 22:58 ` brian m. carlson
2021-05-04  3:46   ` Junio C Hamano
2021-05-04 11:20     ` brian m. carlson
2021-05-05 13:51       ` Johannes Schindelin
2021-05-06  0:38         ` Junio C Hamano
2021-05-04 15:19 ` Torsten Bögershausen
2021-05-05  0:23   ` Junio C Hamano
2021-05-05  2:12     ` brian m. carlson
2021-05-06  4:34     ` Torsten Bögershausen [this message]
2021-05-06  9:12       ` Mark Amery
2021-05-06 13:11         ` Bagas Sanjaya
2021-05-06 14:53         ` Torsten Bögershausen
2021-05-06 21:03         ` Junio C Hamano

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