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Re: CVS corrupts binary files ...

From: Spiro Trikaliotis
Subject: Re: CVS corrupts binary files ...
Date: Sun, 6 Jun 2004 10:02:16 +0200
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* On Sat, Jun 05, 2004 at 08:38:15PM -0700 Gianni Mariani wrote:
> Peter Connolly wrote:
> >>Too dificult to set up, I think Shouldn't cvs have a list of binary
> >>file types preinstalled in the cvswrappers ?
> >
> >I agree, it should.
> >
> I second that !  I did 3 years ago.

I tend to disagree: It should not!

Which extensions are binary files? Is .au a binary file? I know .au as
(Sun?) audio file, but I've also seen a project where .au had the
meaning of "additional user" or something like that, and was a text

The same could be true for other extensions. What about .doc? .doc is
not necessarily a Word file, especially not on old project. So, my
conclusion is: Only the user is aware what type each file is. Checking
in a text file with -kb (from a Windows machine) is something which many
administrators do not like, either.

If you have so much fear about binary files, why don't you put * -kb
into your cvswrappers, and declare any text file explicitly? This way,
you cannot miss the binary files.

Best regards,

Spiro R. Trikaliotis         I'm subscribed to the mailing lists I'm posting,  so please refrain from Cc:ing me. Thank you.

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