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Problem with diff/merge of files marked as binary

From: mb <maximilian.bernhardt_at_post.rwth-aachen.de>
Date: 2007-03-09 10:04:29 CET


there seems to be a problem with subversions behaviour concerning the
diffing/merging of (text-)files marked as binary.

Ok, I have a file that is clearly marked as binary in two branches:
   BERNHMAX@GNP3839 /cygdrive/c/maxbernhardt/cyg/test/zweige/pn/4
   $ svn pl -v svn://pkgsvnp1/Personal/bernharm/test/zweige/pn/3/V0002.kbs
   Properties on 'svn://pkgsvnp1/Personal/bernharm/test/zweige/pn/3/
     svn:mime-type : application/octet-stream

   BERNHMAX@GNP3839 /cygdrive/c/maxbernhardt/cyg/test/zweige/pn/4
   $ svn pl -v svn://pkgsvnp1/Personal/bernharm/test/zweige/pn/4/V0002.kbs
   Properties on 'svn://pkgsvnp1/Personal/bernharm/test/zweige/pn/4/
     svn:mime-type : application/octet-stream

Now I changed the contents of the file in Rev. 11096 (after the mime-
type had been set):
   BERNHMAX@GNP3839 /cygdrive/c/maxbernhardt/cyg/test/zweige/pn
   $ svn log -v -r11096
   r11096 | bernharm | 2007-03-09 09:32:29 +0100 (Fri, 09 Mar 2007) |
1 line
   Changed paths:
      M /Personal/bernharm/test/zweige/pn/3/V0002.kbs

And diff tells me that it can't show me differences, because the file
is 'binary', which is just what i would expect.
   BERNHMAX@GNP3839 /cygdrive/c/maxbernhardt/cyg/test/zweige/pn
   $ svn diff -r11095:11096 /cygdrive/c/maxbernhardt/cyg/test/zweige/
   Index: /cygdrive/c/maxbernhardt/cyg/test/zweige/pn/3/V0002.kbs
   Cannot display: file marked as a binary type.
   svn:mime-type = application/octet-stream

BUT: Now I try a merge. And merge just silently merges the two files
totally ignoring the mime-type. All the documentation says that merge
should behave just like diff, which is why I set the property in the
first place.
   BERNHMAX@GNP3839 /cygdrive/c/maxbernhardt/cyg/test/zweige/pn/4
   $ svn merge -r 11095:11096 svn://pkgsvnp1/Personal/bernharm/test/zweige/pn/3
   U V0002.kbs

   BERNHMAX@GNP3839 /cygdrive/c/maxbernhardt/cyg/test/zweige/pn/4
   $ svn st
   M V0002.kbs

I think this is a bug. I run a stock 1.4.2 Cygwin Binary as client and
a stock HPUX 1.3.2 server.

Now since setting the mime-type doesn't seem to work, is there any
other way to exclude textfiles from merges?

-- Max

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