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Re: Let's discuss about unicode compositions for filenames!

From: Stefan Sperling <stsp_at_elego.de>
Date: Mon, 6 Feb 2012 15:26:32 +0100

On Mon, Feb 06, 2012 at 02:28:40PM +0100, Branko Čibej wrote:
> On 06.02.2012 14:10, Hiroaki Nakamura wrote:
> > Hi, all.
> >
> > It seems there is no further discussion.
> >
> > I think the conclusion for the short term solution is:
> > We convert unnormalized paths to NFC normalized paths on clients only,
> > that is, svn_path_cstring_to_utf8.
> >
> > It is the same approach as utf8precompose_macosx_2.patch in
> > http://subversion.tigris.org/issues/show_bug.cgi?id=2464
> >
> > It is proven to work as it is included in MacPorts unicode_path variant
> > and Homebrew --unicode-path option.
> You'll note that MacPorts also warns you that using this option may
> cause interoperability issues with other clients that aren't using it,
> right? So this is hardly a universal solution that will not affect
> existing users and repositories.

Exactly. This is what I meant when I said that we cannot apply the
submitted patch as it is, at the very beginning of this thread.
The submitted patch simply copies the MacPorts solution and has
the same compatibility problems.

I think the discussion made clear that there are two ways
to move forward:

 1) Implement a client-side mapping table which maps server-provided
    paths to local filesystem paths. It translates between one or more
    server-side and local representations of the same path. This could
    be done only on Mac OS X (or, preferrably, only on HFS+ filesystems)
    because only Mac OS X has problems.
    The idea here is to not change existing paths in repositories at all,
    no matter which way they are encoded, and to teach Mac OS X clients
    to cope with the problem locally. This way, other existing clients
    won't notice a difference. The only thing that won't work is to create
    a working copy on Mac OS X which contains the same name multiple times,
    in NFD and in some other normalised or non-normalised form.
    This approach was suggested by Peter.
    We'd need either a working patch or a more detailed implementation
    design document to move forward here.

 2) Do something else that effects repositories, too, and provide
    a clean upgrade path for everyone (servers and clients).
    AFAIK nobody has made a suggestion as to what could be done here.
Received on 2012-02-06 15:27:10 CET

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