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Re: CVS and unicode

From: Jim Hyslop
Subject: Re: CVS and unicode
Date: Sun, 11 Sep 2005 23:57:30 -0400
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Christian Hujer wrote:
This is not the point of the program but of the file specification.
If a file specification says "This is a text file. Line endings always have to be LF, regardless of the operating system."
In that case, the specification is broken: line endings are defined by the operating system, not by a file specification. Suppose I defined a file specification as: "This is a text file. Line endings always have to be ASCII 0x7f, regardless of the operating system."

I have to be the ruler over line endings and encodings, because this is the only way I can make sure that every single byte in the file is the way I want. For me this is also true in the context of version controlled text files.
This seems to be a case of the tail wagging the dog. You have cited one particular example where automatic line ending conversion is a problem. Should we invalidate thousands of other use-cases where automated line ending conversion is not only desirable, but the correct course of action?


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