Are bash commands on OSX case insensitive? I type "which TR" and it shows /usr/bin/TR, though there is no such binary there. Same thing for other binaries, when capitalized. Or is Terminal.app maybe doing this translation? How do I turn this off?
This is actually a feature of the filesystem of your disk, not bash or Terminal.app.
HFS+ (the Mac filesystem) is usually configured to be case insensitive but case preserving. This means that the file system will consider
FoO to be the same, but when you create a new file it will remember which letters where capitalized and which were not.
When you format a disk with HFS+ you can chose whether the file system should case sensitive or not. If you chose to format with UFS (Unix FileSystem) it is always case sensitive, AFAIK.
To check whether a disk is case sensitive, run:
diskutil info <device>
diskutil info disk0s2
Look for the
Name: line. If it reads something like
Mac OS Extended (Case-sensitive, Journaled) it means that it is case-sensitive. If it just reads
Mac OS Extended (without the
Case-sensitive) then it is only case preserving but not case sensitive.
Take a look at your filesystem, as there are both case sensitive and case insensitive variations on HFS. The default is case insensitive, in which case it's not so much a case of BASH, but the underlying filesystem. You can test this by formatting a spare USB stick with the case sensitive option, and copying files over ato repeat your test, etc.
Bash is definitely case sensitive.
I just typed `whoami' into terminal and the caps lock button was on.
I got a completely different response from `WHOAMI'.
I can see there is a WHOAMI command with 'which' but I can't find it with 'ls'.
I managed to fix this with one line by following http://blog.nickburwell.com/blog/2008/11/mac-os-x-terminal-case-insensitive-auto
echo "set completion-ignore-case On" >> ~/.inputrc