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SVN not usable on a Mac (#2464)

From: Vitus Piroutz <vitus.piroutz_at_seeyou.at>
Date: Thu, 7 Jul 2011 11:14:13 +0200

Just to file my frustration (to whom it may concern):

As posted yesterday as a comment for issue # 2464 "Canonicalize / stringprep UTF-8 filenames to handle composed / decomposed differences shown by e.g. Mac OS X HFS+".
[Reminder: this BUG was originally filed on 2005-12-03 (currently is P2, unscheduled target milestone)!]

After switching to a Mac and using SVN the first time on that platform, i initially was impressed by the nice looking GUI's (e.g. Versions, Cornerstone, svnX).
As i'm working in a mixed team (Windows, Linux, Mac) with international users, but using a german/english filled (huge) repository, i have to find out the hard way, that SVN is literally _unusable_ for Mac users if any umlaute (or non-ascii) characters are used in file- or directorynames.
What a shame!

Some replies from the support of my GUI-Tool (Cornerstone, as it stands now wasted money):

> "I do understand your frustration, believe me. We have had a number of complaints regarding this matter but the responsibility for fixing this does lie squarely with CollabNet et al, and I know that they have received more than their fair share of mails from frustrated users in relation to this."

> "No Subversion-offical fixes are available as of yet. As soon as they are, we'll make them available."

> "This problem is most likely related to Subversion's lack of support for files containing accents and diacritics. "

So please provide a huge badge on http://subversion.apache.org indicating to international users "Not for Mac users yet! (we can't handle your filenames, but working hard since 2005 to fix this)"

Best regards
Vitus

PS.: i think i have to try Git next.

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Received on 2011-07-07 15:24:13 CEST

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