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Re: text and binary files in SVN

From: Vincent Lefevre <vincent+svn_at_vinc17.org>
Date: 2007-08-14 16:36:06 CEST

On 2007-08-14 16:25:10 +0200, Erik Huelsmann wrote:
> There's an algorithm to estimate whether files are binary or texty:
> Check the first 1024 bytes to be within the 020-0x7F and 0x07-0x0D
> regions. If more than 85% of the bytes fall in that region (and none
> were 0x00), then the file is probably texty.

I wonder if non-occidental users would agree with you.
And what about UTF-16?

> So, if your files don't have that property, Subversion will consider
> them binary, until you set a mime-type which makes it look texty
> (starting with text/)

One can have compressed XML files with text/xml mime-type. How does
Subversion handle that? Also, for instance, is text/rtf more textual
than application/x-sh as far as diff is concerned?

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