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Re: make cvs text agnostic?

From: Richard Wesley
Subject: Re: make cvs text agnostic?
Date: Tue, 27 Aug 2002 10:34:10 -0700

On Tue, 27 Aug 2002, Matthew Hannigan wrote:

 > Autodetection of binary, and perfect reversible
 conversion between text formats is quite feasible,
 so this scheme should fly....

Autodetecting between binary and text is far from trivial. It's fairly
easy when you're talking about English only material, but it gets much
harder when languages with 8-bit characters are involved.

I find that on systems that have file metadata (like MacOS) this can be done quite reliably. But most systems do not support this, and others have pointed out, detecting this from the raw contents of the file is impossible in a number of situations.

- rmgw


Richard Wesley                                  Trusted Media Networks, Inc.

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