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Re: special property for text types

From: C. Michael Pilato <cmpilato_at_collab.net>
Date: Thu, 07 Feb 2008 11:48:18 -0800

Karl Fogel wrote:
> "C. Michael Pilato" <cmpilato_at_collab.net> writes:
>> I like the thinking here, but would prefer to optimize this a bit,
>> perhaps by simply allowing svn:eol-style to accept a value which means
>> "don't do any EOL conversion, but note that this is line-based".
>> maybe "*" or "" or something.
> I'm not so sure that's good...
> People set 'svn:eol-style' because they're looking for a way to get
> line-ending conversions -- the conversion is the "task" there.
> People would set svn:is-text because they want to make Subversion
> behave certain ways with the file when diffing and merging. The
> "task" is totally different here.
> If we were to overload the svn:eol-style property (the way we did with
> 'svn switch --relocate'), I think we'd be confusing a lot of people,
> who think from the point of view of their tasks, not from the point of
> view of how Subversion works.
> I think the documentation for svn:is-text should recommend that the
> user seriously consider if they need to set svn:eol-style instead
> (after all, how often would you need to say something's text and yet
> not be willing to set svn:eol-style to at *least* "native"?), though.

But you think having two properties won't cause the same sorts of confusion?
  "Do I need to set svn:is-text?" Or, "This file had svn:eol-style=CRLF but
I need to remove that property; shoot, I forgot to also add svn:is-text!".
You're just begging for more of a mess.

I hear you about the so-called task breakdown, but that too runs afoul of
your suggestion to satisfy the "task" of diffing/merging by even consulting
svn:eol-style (which is allegedly unrelated to this "task"). My point is
simply that we can (and should) *make* svn:eol-style related to this task,
too, and can do so without disturbing its other currently assigned task.

C. Michael Pilato <cmpilato_at_collab.net>
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