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Re: MIME types

From: Hendrik Maryns <qwizv9b02_at_sneakemail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2008 17:30:39 +0200

Hendrik Maryns schreef:
> Hendrik Maryns schreef:
>> Hi all,
>> After two questions on the Subclipse list/group today, I started reading
>> about how Subversion handles mime types. It seems like I have to
>> provide it with a mime-types-mapping file. A file like that is present
>> in Gnome, though. Why doesn’t Subversion consider this file by default?
>> I suppose KDE has a similar ssystem set up? Why ask the user to
>> configure this file by hand?
>> Second question: is it useful to enter more specific MIME types then the
>> generic application/octet-stream? Does it make any difference anywhere
>> if it says image/png or application/x-tex? The latter might be
>> problematic, I suppose, since it doesn’t say ‘text’, although a TeX file
>> is text only and should not be excluded from contextual merge.
>> Cheers, H.
> This was supposed to go to the general Subversion users group.

Let me add to this that I have now read the thread ‘Action request:
mime-type of xml-dtd should be treated as text’ and do not agree with
those that are against treating xml as text. Even more: a lot of their
arguments are void for TeX file, there is for example NO text/ mime type
for TeX files, the only valid ones are application/x-tex and

Similarly: the argument: ‘don’t do it’ is also void: if a tool purports
to support something, it should support it properly, and not redefine
the meaning of it. Mime types are NOT meant to distinguish between
binary and text files.


Hendrik Maryns
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