[cvsnt] Re: [cvsgui] Re: Unable to correctly import *.tar.gz archives

Arvind Raman arvind_raman at yahoo.com
Tue Dec 17 10:48:55 GMT 2002

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I dont think thats entirely true. I have been using
CVS to import binary files (I have imported loads of
*.xls and *.doc file) and it has been doing a good job
at that. CVS has been recognizing these files as
binary automatically.
Perhaps what might be true is that the import option
ignores any -kb option that is specified.


--- Mike Ayers <mike.ayers at earthling.net> wrote:
> Arvind Raman wrote:
> > Hi there,
> > This might sound interesting- probably might throw
> out
> > a bug
> > 1. I tried adding the file (*.tar.gz) to the
> database
> > - checked out the file and compared it with the
> one
> > that I has checked in. It was same.
> > 2. But when I tried importing the same file - CVS
> > recognized it as a Unicode file - I asked it to
> force
> > it as a binary file (used the -kb option). After
> the
> > import happened I looked at the RCS file and it
> was
> > just a 1KB big. Obviously the file on the database
> was
> > not similar to the one I had asked it to import.
> > 
> > So there exists some difference between import and
> add
> > even when both of them treat the file in the same
> way.
> > Is that normal ?
> 	This is the import problem of CVS.  The import
> command treats all 
> files as text files, and there is no way to change
> this (it ignores 
> "-kb").  It seems that at a certain point in your
> .tar.gz file there 
> is a ^Z character, which is the old DOS convention
> to end a text file, 
> and this will cause the read of the file to stop,
> which is why the 
> imported file is so short.
> 	Now is the part where I tell you "don't do that". 
> The import command 
> is meant to bring in large trees of source code,
> which would be all 
> text files.  If your TGZ file contains all text
> files, you can expand 
> it and import those, otherwise just use `cvs add` to
> add a single file.
> /|/|ike

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