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eol crazy - trouble with "old" Mac OS eol (CR)

From: William Bug <William.Bug_at_drexel.edu>
Date: 2004-07-30 16:01:08 CEST

Hi All,

Thanks for all the helpful info posted to this list.

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to find a solution to the esoteric problem
we've been experiencing.

As Mac OS X afficionados probably know, prior to OS X, Mac text files
simply used the 'CR' character to terminate a line. Once the Mac
became a Unix-based OS (as of Mac OS X and the move to the Darwin Unix
variant [Mach kernel + NetBSD services]), text files began using 'LF'
to terminate lines by default, like other Unix OSes.

I've got an old Mac OS 9.x image processing environment for which we
create several types of text files - *.c, *.cdf - all with very special
roles within this environment. Unfortunately, this old program
requires 'CR' line endings on these ASCII files. With 'LF' eol, it
can't even open the files.

As SVN experts have attested to many times in this list, SVN by default
is suppose to do "nothing" to your files. If you commit/import text
files containing 'CR' eols, that is what you should get when you
checkout another copy of these files on another machine.

To some extent, this is certainly happening. The Unix tools 'diff' and
'wc' indicate the contents of the files before and after having been
committed to the SVN repository are absolutely identical.

Unfortunately, for this old Mac OS (<= v 9.2.2) application to open
these ASCII files, the Mac Finder 'Type' must be set to 'TEXT'.
Otherwise, the files are simply invisible to this app; you don't see
them in 'File Open' dialogs, nor can they be opened via I/O scripts.

If I set these Mac Finder parameters using a Mac application designed
specifically for this purpose - e.g., Super File Info v1.2(v42) from
the makers of BBEdit, BareBones Software - then I can use the files
from within my image processing program.

I'd prefer not having to run my ASCII files through this Mac Finder
utility after every 'svn checkout' and 'svn update'. Can anyone
suggest a way I might effect this goal?

If not, is there anyway to automatically run a program on the client
side after each 'checkout' or 'update'. This is strictly a client-side
problem, as the server repository has no conception of old Mac OS
Finder attributes. I can write a simple AppleScript capable of easily
setting this file type attribute for text files. How might I set up my
svn client to make use of this AS script upon each 'checkout' and

Many thanks for any help you can offer with this difficulty.

Bill Bug

Bill Bug
Senior Analyst/Ontological Engineer

Laboratory for Bioimaging & Anatomical Informatics
Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy
Drexel University College of Medicine
2900 Queen Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19129
215 991 8430 (ph)

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