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Re: ghudson's 'svn st' problem he mentioned on IRC...

From: John Szakmeister <john_at_szakmeister.net>
Date: 2004-01-03 14:04:53 CET

On Wednesday 31 December 2003 20:00, Greg Hudson wrote:
> On Wed, 2003-12-31 at 18:42, John Szakmeister wrote:
> > The reason was frightening was the Subversion is more binary friendly,
> > and if for some reason a binary file is added to the repository with the
> > eol-style got applied, then we'd have a corrupt binary file in the
> > repository.
> I had initially advocated committing all files as-is, to avoid any
> possibility of binary corruption, so that the repository representation
> of text files might flop back and forth between LF and CRLF as commits
> were done on Unix or Windows, but of course the client would make them
> consistent.

Ah, yes, I seem to remember this discussion a little.

> That didn't take, but as a compromise, we refuse to perform
> data-destroying translation on files with an svn:eol-style of "native".
> We error out rather than convert a file with mixed line-endings.

Good to know!

> But for the fixed eol-styles, we assume those are only going to be used
> in very special cases, like MSVC project files, so the chances of them
> being accidentally applied to a binary file are low. Also, files like
> that are more likely to get mixed newlines when edited on platforms
> whose native newline style doesn't match the fixed style. So, for those
> newline styles, we do perform potentially data-destroying
> transformations on commit.

Okay, that makes sense. I was worried that we could do something a little
strange that might result in the corruption of a binary file from the
beginning, but it appears that you have to work awfully hard in order to
actually do that. :-)

Thanks for the explanation Greg!


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