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File encoding

From: Ross Boylan <ross_at_biostat.ucsf.edu>
Date: 2007-01-18 00:17:01 CET

I have GNU/Linux system with LANG=en_US and another with
LANG=en_US.UTF-8.

A program produces some output, which is compared to an expected
output file (e.g., test1.Rout.save). The latter is kept in
subversion.

The output differs between the two systems because of the encoding
differences.

Is there anything I can do to make this work more smoothly? In
particular, it would be nice if the file (which is text) were created
with the correct encoding by the svn client.

The docs indicate that the server stores all filenames and logs as
UTF-8, but files appear to be kept as unmodified binaries. mime-type
can affect comparisons and eol-style can affect end of lines, but I
don't see anything dealing with the encoding per se (even if it is
part of the MIME type, and I'm not sure it is).

I know that historically version control systems attempt to be clever
about their files has often led to problems, but it seems to me
conversions between encoding schemes are fairly well-defined, and
would be useful. (Yes, I know some conversions are impossible!).

Thanks.
Ross Boylan

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