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    Question automated lower case file names on VFAT

    To answer the following archived thread http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=483857

    The vfat driver provides options to control how short names (old 8.3 DOS, upper case only) are created and displayed. A flag since winnt indicates if the shortname is lower case or upper case - internal details are available at http://www.win.tue.nl/~aeb/linux/fs/fat/fat-1.html

    So to get CVS directories right or any filename shorter than 8 characters created with only upper (or lower) cases, you have to add "shortname=winnt" (default value is "lower") in mount options of your vfat file system in /etc/fstab.

    Then, according to the way existing files have been created, it may be necessary to delete and create them again - in case of CVS, do a fresh checkout. Mixed-case file names are not affected because a long name is created for them.

    For details, you can refer to Linux kernel Documentation/filesystems/vfat.txt http://www.mjmwired.net/kernel/Docum...stems/vfat.txt and also man mount and search for "shortname" keyword.
    Last edited by ymartin59; October 7th, 2008 at 03:01 AM.

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    Re: automated lower case file names on VFAT

    but how would I make ubuntu / gnome use the shortname=lower option automatically on all vfat mounts?

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