Case-sensitive file system

Ned Deily nad at
Thu Nov 6 13:06:21 PST 2014

In article <8D2D8233-983B-4EDF-BCBB-23431D7F206A at>,
 Vincent Habchi <vince at> wrote:
> Le 6 nov. 2014 à 21:20, Dave Horsfall <dave at> a écrit :
> > There was a discussion here on the Mac's case-sensitive-but-not-quite file 
> > system, and I was convinced to leave it the way it is (it breaks something 
> > in MacPorts or something).  Well, I've just been convinced otherwise…
> I’ve been running MacPorts on a case-sensitive HFS+ disk for years now, and 
> it works like a charm. Don’t let you gull by the grapevine!

So have I: since OS X 10.5, in fact.  I don't recall ever encountering a 
MacPorts-related problem with using case-sensitive HFS.  In the past, I 
ran into a few problems with older (non-MacPorts) third-party Mac 
applications that did not work properly on case-sensitive HFS+, usually 
because of some silly mistyped mixed-case file name inside of the app 
bundle.  Some discussion of a few recent apps here:

That said, I haven't noticed a problem in years and I use case-sensitive 
HFS as the root file systems on all of my primary systems.  I also use 
default, case-insensitive HFS on other test systems.

 Ned Deily,
 nad at

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