I'm new to Linux, and just installed Ubuntu 17.04 on a dual-boot MacBook. I'm having trouble with directories I'm creating on an hfs+ partition (created with gparted, so I can see files on it when booted into OS X). I'm assuming the confusion has to do with the hfs+ format being case-insensitive, but then, shouldn't it really be case insensitive, whether I'm working on it via Ubuntu or OS X? Here's the scenario:
- Created directory "DropBox" via Nautilus.
- Tried to rename "DropBox" to "Dropbox" but got error message: 'The item could not be renamed. The name "Dropbox" is already in use...'.
- Tried deleting "DropBox" (permanently, not to Trash) and creating new directory "Dropbox". When I did that, both directories appeared ("DropBox" and "Dropbox").
- Tried deleting "DropBox", but both directories were deleted.
Looked in Terminal; while both "DropBox" and "Dropbox" are visible in Nautilus, running `ls -a shows only "DropBox".
Still in Terminal, deleted "DropBox" (
rm -R DropBox). As expected, this resulted in there being no dropbox folder of any sort. However, in Nautilus, I still see "Dropbox", until I try to open it, at which time I get an error that says it doesn't really exist, and then it disappears from Nautilus, too.
- In Terminal, re-create the directory (
mkdir Dropbox). The directory is recreated as "DropBox" again, and shows up as such in Nautilus as well.
Is there any way around this issue, or is it unavoidable when using hfs+?
After deleting "DropBox" and rebooting, I am now able to create the directory as "Dropbox". I don't consider this a solution, because it's a cumbersome workaround; it doesn't solve the problem.