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Re: cvs cannot process Chinese characters?

From: Arthur Barrett
Subject: Re: cvs cannot process Chinese characters?
Date: Wed, 20 Oct 2004 01:13:13 GMT

Peng Jian,

As far as I am aware - traditional CVS only accepts characters in the
US-ASCII codepage unless it is marked as binary.  If you mark it as binary
then you will not be able to do diff/merge.

CVSNT is an open source (free) replacement for traditional CVS available for
Linux, Unix, Windows, Mac OS X etc etc, that supports multiple code pages
and also Unicode files.  You can download it here:

This page talks a little about it:

If you are using CVSNT 2.0.58 server and client then most likely you will
not have to change any settings - it will simply work properly the first

You can check which version you are using by the command "cvs -v".  CVSNT is
the default client for use with WinCVS and TortoiseCVS.

You may also be interested to check out the open source (free) newsgroup for


Arthur Barrett

<address@hidden> wrote in message
> Hi,
> I have some text files which contains Chinese characters.
> I imported them to cvs as text files.
> Now I check them out, and every file has been changed greatly.
> They are anything but what I want.
> Shall I treat them as binary files to get the correct result?
> Peng Jian

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