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RFC: Am I being a hardass?

From: John Peacock <john.peacock_at_havurah-software.org>
Date: Thu, 07 Feb 2008 07:14:07 -0500

I got involved in several discussion on users (which I know you don't all read
regularly) about changing the various "application/xml*" types to be text by
default, the longest of which is here:

        http://svn.haxx.se/users/archive-2008-02/0096.shtml

I still believe that I'm right and that Subversion shouldn't have an ever
increasing set of exceptions enshrined in svn_mime_type_is_binary() for all of
eternity. I can pursue the not-so-simple task of adding a new svn:text-type (a
boolean flag) that would override the normal MIME handling for purposes of
diff/merge only.

It would only be a small patch to add a whole bunch of exceptions to
svn_mime_type_is_binary(). Is that the wiser course? Am I just being a pedant
and a crank to insist that because some XML files should be treated as binary
that we can't make that sort of overarching assumption, just because it will
help most people?

TIA

John

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