Case-sensitive file systems and me
Grumble grumble grumble...
I come from Linux. Let's get that out there in the open right away. (I feel better already). I make money (among other sort of more businessman-like things) playing sysadmin to several Windows (no fun), Linux (fun), and OS X (friendly) machines.
Comfort finds me in the command-line and, while I'm no bash genius (Juan is, I think), I get around. One old carryover that I bring with me from the Linux world is a penchant for case-sensitive file-systems. I like 'em. Feels like home, ok? I guess that makes sense.
Two pieces of software that I find very impressive just puke on case-sensitive file systems.
Parallels workstation (which I love) might allow me to use windows right along with my primary install of OS X. If only it didn't puke all over the place when trying to run on case-sensitive hfs+. I find myself dual-booting off of an external firewire (handily defeating the purpose of owning parallels in the first place) installation of OS X to run this otherwise fantastic software.
MOTU Symphonic Instrument, which is a really fantastic sample-based orchestral synthesizer, has the following behavior:
1. On PPC, there is a bus error
2. On Intel (it's UB), the whole machine hangs. That's right, folks. My machine is HOSED
Once again, if I boot into a case-insensitive file system, it runs (and it's really really cool).
NONE! I have submitted bug reports through the beta of parallels. I have submitted bug reports now that the software is out of beta. I believe in this software. I have paid for this software to support it's development despite the problems I am having.
MOTU Symphonic Instrument:
NONE! I have submitted bug reports and tried to call their (ALWAYS busy) support number. I have, again, happily paid for this software (there is no demo available; I just bought it based on the reputation of their hardware and software).
Am I *that much* of an outlier? Seriously. Am I the only somewhat old-school Linux geek who prefers a case-sensitive system on OS X?
Ug. I guess I'll just buy a huge external drive, make a very careful extra backup (in addition to my usual backup) of both of my machines and go case-insensitive. Pain. In. The. Butt.