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Re: make cvs text agnostic?

From: Frederic Brehm
Subject: Re: make cvs text agnostic?
Date: Thu, 29 Aug 2002 08:36:02 -0400

At 09:58 PM 8/28/2002, Matthew Herrmann wrote:
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!


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?

I assume that you are talking about filename extensions on a Microsoft operating system. That mechanism isn't very reliable. Quick, what kind of file is a ".dat"?

You may have local shop procedures that define the type of all files you deal with and give them unique filename extensions that are enforced in some way by your culture. That's fine. You can now make a whopping cvswrappers file and be done with it.

Try taking your cvswrappers file to a different shop, especially one that uses a variant of Unix, and see what happens.

I'll avoid the rant about overloading filenames with semantic information about the contents of the file. That discussion doesn't belong here.

CVS is nice because it doesn't try to enforce that particular way of using filenames on shops that do not or cannot use it. It does, however, provide a mechanism (cvswrappers) to allow you to do it in your shop, though.


Frederic W. Brehm, Sarnoff Corporation,

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