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Re: [svn] Recode problem

From: Vincent Lefevre <vincent+svn_at_vinc17.org>
Date: 2005-05-08 17:46:07 CEST

On 2005-05-06 11:20:32 -0400, Greg Hudson wrote:
> On Fri, 2005-05-06 at 15:18 +0300, Heikki Orsila wrote:
> > Why can't SVN read systems default settings like the rest of the
> > tools?
>
> My best understanding is that SVN is doing exactly what a
> locale-aware program ought to be doing, and MacOS X is not
> conforming to the standards. Locale-aware programs are not expected
> to know how to read global configuration files on every Unix-like
> operating system; they are supposed to use the environment.

However the environment can't tell everything. Locales aren't even
a system-level configuration, but just a user choice. Two users on
a system can use different locales. Even one user on a system can
use different locales (this is useful as not all programs support
UTF-8). So, everytime an encoding is used, it is better to have
some place or some convention to find the encoding, whatever the
data (XML files, text files, text parts in a binary format, mail
messages, filenames, etc.).

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