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I am having a question about Dropbox and Windows. Is Dropbox case insensitive?

I am having a question about Dropbox and Windows. Is Dropbox case insensitive?

New member | Level 2

Hi,

I have a folder in my Dropbox called "Mars2020" yet when I sync it to my local Windows 10 PC it appears as "mars2020".

 

Why is this?

I have applications that store paths to the files in this folder and if the case of the folder name is changed the applications won't run.

Why can't Dropbox maintain the case of the directory name when it's syncing it from the cloud to my Windows 10 PC?

 

thank you,

Zareh

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Re: Dropbox ignoes case

Dropboxer

Hey there Zareh ( @zarehgorjian) - welcome to our forums!

This is actually because Dropbox works in a case insensitive nature on Windows and Mac OSX as both OSes are case insensitive. Have you tried renaming it?

Note that in this case, I would suggest using only lower case names for your files and filepaths in order to avoid any conflicts with the rest of the software you're using.

I hope this helps to some extent and please let me know if there's anything else I can do from my end to assist with this. 


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Re: Dropbox ignoes case

Dropboxer

Hey there Zareh ( @zarehgorjian) - welcome to our forums!

This is actually because Dropbox works in a case insensitive nature on Windows and Mac OSX as both OSes are case insensitive. Have you tried renaming it?

Note that in this case, I would suggest using only lower case names for your files and filepaths in order to avoid any conflicts with the rest of the software you're using.

I hope this helps to some extent and please let me know if there's anything else I can do from my end to assist with this. 


Walter
Community Moderator @ Dropbox
dropbox.com/support


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Re: Dropbox ignoes case

Helpful | Level 6

Hey, welcome to the 21st century!  Now please make your software work as expected on all of the systems you support, like Linux and MacOS (which can be setup with the filesystem being case sensitive).

Telling people to use only lower case filenames is NOT a reasonable option, as many developers use open source software which has no such constraints on it and storing and building it on Dropbox can cause things to break VERY BADLY!

Imagine having to go through the thousands of files in the Linux kernel to change all the filenames, then having to go through all of the files to change the references to the include files you just renamed, then having to go through all the configuration files so you can build it, etc., etc., etc...  It would take months before you could get a build done.  Then, when the software is updated you get a bazillion case conflicts again!

Please just fix the software and join the 21st century...

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