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RE: CVS and unicode

From: Arthur Barrett
Subject: RE: CVS and unicode
Date: Tue, 6 Sep 2005 09:30:23 +1000

Yves Dorfsman,

In CVS a Unicode file has to be a Binary file (-kb) - which prevents
merging, diffs, etc etc.  If you do not define it as -kb then eventually
the file will be corrupted.

CVSNT for Linux/Unix/Mac/Windows is free (GPL - just like CVS) but
supports the -ku type (unicode) which allows efficient storage, diff's,
merges etc - just like a text file but as unicode.

If you run the CVSNT server in unicode mode (still a little
experimental) then the server and client will translate the filenames
between the server and client codepages.

If you would like to contribute to the open source project, they may be
contacted via the newsgroup:

If you have any questions about CVS Professional Support please do not
hesitate to contact me.


Arthur Barrett

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Subject: CVS and unicode


Has anybody run into problem with GNU CVS and unicode ?

I have made a few tests (with UTF8) and so far it worked, but some of my

users are saying they did run into problem with some files. I can see
some legal UTF8 characters could be confused as control code/binary.

Does anybody have extensive experience with this ?


Yves Dorfsman                                             address@hidden

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