Adobe OSX Case Sensitive Filesystems Don’t Mix

I’m blogging this since there was only 1 hit on google and that web site was not available when I tried to hit it.

I tried to install Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 on my MacBook Pro and got an error: This software cannot be installed because the file system of the OS volume is not supported.

This is apparently a bigger problem the PSE. But that stinks! Glad it was a download / trial. I would really be ticked if I had bought it. — Really bad since the included readme does not say anything about a using a case insensitive volume.

I also had a case sensitivity problem with
Symantec Antivirus — had to do an ln -s * UPPERCASE(*) — no this is not a function I think I used a quick awk script or something like that.

Reposted since original source was unavailable:

This is Google’s cache of It is a snapshot of the page as it appeared on Jan 28, 2009 07:06:07 GMT.

Adobe doesn’t like case-sensitive file systems
Written by Scott
Sunday, 17 February 2008 10:53

I downloaded a trial of Fireworks for my little MacBook, after reading the documents about CS3 (the current version of Adobe’s ‘Creative Suite’) and Leopard (Mac’s current OS) and was all ready to install. Opened up my, got the usual, application was downloaded from the internet are you sure you want to install, warning, continued to see…

“The software cannot be installed because the file system of the OS volume is not supported.”

I was like….. WHAT? At first I had to read it again because I actually didn’t understand what it said, I mean one of the Mac’s greatest advantages is that it’s made by one company so there should never really be incompatibilities and the likes. So what was the problem? A Google search later and the top hit was in fact Adobe. Apparently case-sensitive file systems are not supported.

Where was that warning before I downloaded 400 MB of data? I use case sensitive because I find it good practice since I use linux at University, and anyway the Mac is UNIX compliant so it makes sense.

But wait there is a solution… Format your hard drive to a non-case sensitive file system. That’s not a solution?! If someone could get their new sofa through the door you wouldn’t say well you could knock your house down and rebuild it from scratch if you like?

Somehow this would have been easier on Windows, even though the Mac is for its creative use.

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