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Re: What do you Hate about Subversion?

From: Jeff Smith <jsmith_at_robotronics.com>
Date: 2007-01-31 23:05:43 CET

On Tuesday 30 January 2007 13:01, L. Wayne Johnson wrote:
> Unless you come up with a standard for handling mixed line endings
> how can you possibly handle them consistently?

I wonder how someone having a technical background can get soooo lost
as this.

What is so hard to read and interperet EOL? Nothing. It never was hard
even before darpa-net. It never will be hard (at least doesn't need
to be). Yet you made it sound like programming real intelligence into
a man-made machine. Heck, you don't even have to be a programmer to
understand the solution I gave long ago!

Let's see... we are reading along in our text file which is ASCII or
has been converted to ASCII characters. We find letters like 'A' and
'm' and ','... Oh wait... now we found a CR. Hmmm, there is an LF
after it. Do you think that is a line-end? No maybe it's just another
character on the same line--let's don't be stupid!

No, No, No. The problem is not that we don't have a standard to
"handle" different EOL styles. The real obvious problem is that svn
is less certain that this is in fact a "text file". It has every
right not to assume that it is. The only change I am suggesting, for
crying out loud, is that subversion allowes me to tell it "yes, this
is a text file", INSTEAD of aborting the entire import/add.

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