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Re: [PATCH v1] handle lower case drive letters on Windows




Ben Peart <Ben.Peart@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:

>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Stefan Beller <sbeller@xxxxxxxxxx>
>> Sent: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 1:59 PM
>> To: Ben Peart <Ben.Peart@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>> Cc: git <git@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>; Junio C Hamano <gitster@xxxxxxxxx>
>> Subject: Re: [PATCH v1] handle lower case drive letters on Windows
>> 
>> On Wed, Jul 11, 2018 at 10:54 AM Ben Peart <Ben.Peart@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>> wrote:
>> >
>> > Teach test-drop-caches to handle lower case drive letters on Windows.
>> 
>> As someone not quite familiar with Windows (and using Git there),
>> is this addressing a user visible issue, or a developer visible issue?
>> (It looks to me as the latter as it touches test code). In which way
>> does it improve the life of a developer?
>> 
>
> It is a developer visible issue.  On Windows, file names (including drive
> letters) are case insensitive.  This patch improves the life of a Windows
> developer by making drive letters case insensitive for the test-drop-caches
> test application as well.  Without this patch "test-drop-caches e" will fail
> with an error "Invalid drive letter 'e'" instead of succeeding as expected.

I think one point of the original question was if it is common for a
developer to say "test-drop-caches e" from the command line, or the
helper is run solely by being written in some numbered test script
directly under t/.  In the latter case, it would be reasonable to
expect and insist the scripts to use the more canonical form, even
if the platform is case insensitive (assuming E: is more canonical
than e:, that is) no?

In any case, a larger point is that it would help other people who
read the patch and "git log" output, if the answer you gave Stefan
in the message I am responding to, and another one that you may give
me in a response to this message, were in the proposed log message
in the patch.

Thanks.