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Re: How to get rid op binary mime-type on a text file

From: Ryan Schmidt <subversion-2007b_at_ryandesign.com>
Date: 2007-11-13 00:15:45 CET

On Nov 9, 2007, at 04:44, Marcel Loose wrote:

> Recently, we've migrated our CVS repository to Subversion. I've
> used cvs2svn-2.0 to do this job. One of the things I've noticed is
> that I cannot do a "svn diff" on any of my shell scripts. When
> converting I've told cvs2svn to use /etc/mime.types to get the
> correct mime-types. As a result, my *.sh files now have the
> following properties:
> svn:executable : *
> svn:mime-type : application/x-shellscript
> This looks good. However, the problem is that Subversion now treats
> my shell script as being binary. So when I try to get a diff to a
> previous revision I get the following error:
> Cannot display: file marked as a binary type.
> svn:mime-type = application/x-shellscript
> How can I fix this? I've read something about creating your own
> ~/.subversion/config file. So, I've added the line
> *.sh = svn:mime-type=text/x-sh;svn:eol-style=native;svn:executable
> to the [auto-props] section, and enabled auto-props but that
> doesn't help. I guess this only works for newly added files, right?

Correct. Auto-props are only for newly-added files.

There is a script you can use to apply your new auto-props
definitions after the fact. See this previous message in which I
point out the original svn_apply_autoprops.py and a rewritten version
of that script:


> Could you please help me out.

You will have to set the svn:mime-type property of each file to text/
plain or something else that begins with "text/". If you feel that
Subversion should handle files with the mime type "application/x-
shellscript" as text, you could file an enhancement request in the
issue tracker.

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