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Re: Encoding of repository hook parameters

From: Greg Hudson <ghudson_at_MIT.EDU>
Date: 2005-12-14 18:56:54 CET

On Wed, 2005-12-14 at 17:24 +0000, Philip Martin wrote:
> I think we could have designed Subversion such that external paths,
> like the repository path, were just opaque strings of bytes that get
> passed around without modification--then the encoding would be
> irrelevant.

This is a moot point, but I pretty much raised that idea back when we
added charset conversion support and it was pretty much shot down. Many
external paths don't stay external, such as wc paths. They start out
external, but then enter the repository, and then become external on
another system which may be using a different locale.

(My position back then was that our users should use UTF-8 locales
everywhere if they aren't content with US-ASCII. It seems monstrous for
every app to do a whole bunch of charset conversions, which might or
might not be sucessful, when there's a standard character set which
encompasses everything. But apparently that position is impractical.)

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