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Re: Should "yum install" be case sensitive?

On Mon, 26 Nov 2007 20:50:46 +0100
"Michał Bentkowski" <mr ecik gmail com> wrote:

> Hi!
> Recently, a funny thing happened on Polish Fedora forum. Some users
> were talking about Miro but rest of them weren't able even to install
> that... After some time it turned out that they tried to type "yum
> install miro" instead of "yum install Miro".
> So my question is the same as in the topic: should "yum install" be
> case sensitive?
> I haven't checked but I'm quite sure (correct me if I'm wrong) that
> there are no packages in repo whose names differ in letter size.
> What's more: "yum list" command is case insensitive and there's
> nothing wrong with it, is there? I know that you can say that these
> users I wrote about in the beginning should have used "yum list" first
> and then they would have found out why things went wrong but it makes
> a need to type more and more commands.
> "yum install" gives a summary what packages are going to be installed
> so if a user wanted to run "Foo", but not "foo" she/he could break the
> installation.
> Besides, pressing SHIFT key could be painful ;-)
> So my proposal is to make "yum install" (and probably "yum update" as
> well) case insensitive.
> Just think about it :)

Search is case insensitive, list is a search.  However packages are
case sensitive.  While we don't /currently/ have a Miro and a miro, the
rpm database would allow for it, thus install/removal actions need to
be case sensitive.  We could try for some brutal packaging policy that
demands all package names be in lower case, but I doubt that would fly
very far.

Jesse Keating
Fedora -- All my bits are free, are yours?

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