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Re: Diff treats files as text after they have been flagged -kb

From: Eric Siegerman
Subject: Re: Diff treats files as text after they have been flagged -kb
Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2003 13:11:50 -0400
User-agent: Mutt/1.2.5i

On Fri, Sep 05, 2003 at 02:49:25PM -0400, Jack Dodds wrote:
> I used cvs admin to attach the -kb flag to all the .WPJ and
> .TGT files both in the repository and the sandbox, expecting
> this to fix the problem.

Are you sure it affected the sandbox?  See what "cvs stat" says
about the files in question.  I don't use WinCVS, but in vanilla
CVS, "cvs admin -kb" *only* affects the repo.  You then have to
"cvs update -A" to get the new setting into your sandbox.

Another possibility is that "cvs diff" might ignore the -kb
setting, and just do whatever vanilla "diff" would do given the
same files; which is, to do the diff as text-mode if the files
"look like" text, and as binary-mode if they "look like" binary.

I really don't know whether this is the case, however -- the code
(1.11.5) looks as though it *should* use the file's -k setting,
but a quick test indicated the opposite: I set a plain-text file
to -kb; did "cvs update -A", and verified it with "cvs stat";
modified the file; ran "cvs diff", and saw a text-mode diff.

> I could of course export the whole project and import it into a
> completely new repository,

If the first of my guesses is correct, that'd be drastic
overkill; if the second is, it'd be completely pointless.


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