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From "Boyle Owen" <>
Subject RE: [users@httpd] Case insensitive apache ?
Date Wed, 17 May 2006 09:25:08 GMT
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Xavi Gracia [] 
> Sent: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 10:58 AM
> To:
> Subject: [users@httpd] Case insensitive apache ?
> Hi !
> Sorry a lot if this question has been asked before but i have 
> been unable 
> to find any message or webpage about.
> I have just migrated to a apache linux server from a windows 
> machine and it 
> seems that some of the people that was making the website 
> doesn't follow 
> the golden rule of the web design: all in lower letters !!!... :-(
> The result has been a lot of broken links in the new server.
> Now, i have the option to check all the pages to put all in 
> lower letters 
> or maybe there's a solution for apache to ignore lower / 
> capital letters in 
> the filenames?

Check out mod_speling [sic]...

> Sorry again if this question has been asked before... (i have 
> that feeling)
> Thanks a lot for any help
> p.s
> If there's no way, maybe some of you would know a way to 
> convert all the 
> filenames to lower letters in unix. Thanks !

I've done things like this by writing a short perl script.. You need to loop over the filenames
and use "lc" and "rename", eg:

	while (<*>) {
	  my $new_name = lc;
	  rename($_, $new_name);

It goes without saying that this piece of code is untested and could really screw up your
files if you don't carefully test it first (replace the rename with lots of prints to say
exactly what it's going to do and then check it in lots of dirs first...)

Things I'd worry about:

- are there any collisions after switching to lc? Eg, make sure you don't already have welcome.html
and Welcome.html...
- do links *inside* files use case-sensitive URLs 

Although it might be tough, in the long run it's probably better to clean up the files than
to mess around with apache...

Owen Boyle
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