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BUG(?): "svn diff" behaves incorrectly on symbolic links pointing to binary files

From: Wesley J. Landaker <wjl_at_icecavern.net>
Date: 2005-06-10 02:14:57 CEST

Hi again,

Again a quick intro: I'm a Debian developer who is helping out with the
subversion packages. This bug was reported recently, and I thought I'd
forward it here for your thoughts:

On Tue, 29 Mar 2005, Vincent Lefevre <vincent@vinc17.org> wrote:
> When I do a "svn diff" in a directory where a symbolic link has been
> added, Subversion does a diff on this link, even when the file pointed
> to is a binary file. The consequence is that these binary data are
> sent to the terminal (in my case, xterm). This had two very bad side
> effects:
> 1) The terminal was trashed (I had to do a "reset").
> 2) A part of the data was sent to the printer! I suppose that some
> escape sequence was interpreted as a request for printing.
> Note: I posted a message about this problem to the Subversion dev
> mailing-list on 25 Mar 2005, but I haven't got any reply yet.

(Well, sorry if it's a repeat--I'm subscribed to this list, but I don't
remember any discussion about this issue.)

Wesley J. Landaker <wjl@icecavern.net>
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