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Re: make cvs text agnostic?

From: Paul Sander
Subject: Re: make cvs text agnostic?
Date: Wed, 28 Aug 2002 17:15:30 -0700

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>re this conversation of file types -- why autodetect them, isn't that the
>whole point
>of a file type, given in every file's extension? heuristic detection of
>binariness -- yuck!

That only works if you have a strict naming convention.  The canonical
counterexample is the ".doc" extension which can represent any one of
dozens of data types, some of which are pure ASCII and some of which
are not.  Many shops have never standardized the tool they use to produce
documentation (and therefore have a few), and several tools default to
that specific extension.

>a mechanism already exists to tell with this problem -- why don't people
>just make a whopper of a cvswrappers file and then be done with it?

Because cvswrappers won't work with this counterexample.

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