Re: linux on HFS? why not HPFS instead?

Kenneth Albanowski (
Mon, 6 May 1996 08:08:11 -0400 (EDT)

On Sat, 4 May 1996, Lars Wirzenius wrote:

> Mark Lehrer:
> > of course, the best thing would be to finally have a standard
> > non-case-sensitive file system on unix. preservation of case
> > is important, but being case-sensitive when looking up a file
> > is a serious time waster.
> I disagree. If the kernel needs to ignore case, then the kernel will need
> to be taught about character sets. Not pretty. Or else only one character
> set is allowed in filenames, which means Unicode unless we want major
> flames from non-8859-1 people.
> How does HPFS solve the character set issue?

Badly, if I recollect correctly. I seem to remember that the storage set
was tied strongly to the display codepage, and that nasty things could be
done by switching code pages around so that characters in the directory
wouldn't have any visible translation.

It's definitely not Unicode.

Kenneth Albanowski (, CIS: 70705,126)