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Re: pre-commit converter

From: Jim Hyslop
Subject: Re: pre-commit converter
Date: Wed, 08 Mar 2006 17:28:12 -0500
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address@hidden wrote:
> This is in an academic environment.  I was already pushing the envelope
> to use version control, since people had to learn something new.  (How
> sad.)
> Often people just keep emailing each other with the new versions, or
> set up a web page that you can download the files from...

On further reflection, I realized that this is probably the source of
your problems. Most likely, when they email or download the files, the
files contain the line-ending convention of the person who posted them,
and the files are not corrected before the recipient tries checking them in.

Encourage the other users (how many are there, by the way?) to use CVS
for transferring files to each other. It has the double benefit of
automatically converting the line endings, and keeping track of
intermediate versions. Sooner or later, their current habits are going
to bite them in other ways.

> I hope that I can get the committers to convert the files to unix
> format themselves (prior to a commit)  in the near future.  The
> pre-commit script then will be slightly modified to only do the
> checking and refuse  the commit.

Or, you could simply put the modified script in place right away, and
when the users complain, tell them to run unix2dos on the file and then
check it in.

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Jim Hyslop
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