[cvsnt] Re: cvswrappers

Tony Hoyle tony.hoyle at march-hare.com
Fri Jul 8 08:49:20 BST 2005

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David Somers wrote:
> (Tony: if a file is imported or added then committed with the wrong 
> text/binary/unicode wrapper setting, is it always possible to repair the 
> mistake through cvs admin, or are there some circumstances under which its in 
> such a state that its effectively corrupted beyond recovery?)

Binary files in particular can get truncated with the wrong options 
(especially on Win32.. Unix doesn't really make the distinction).

A 16bit Unicode file would behave poorly if treated as an ordinary text 
file, as every alternate byte is null.  CR/LF expansion would completely 
destroy them (turning "'A' NULL CR NULL 'B' NULL" into "'A' NULL CR LF 
NULL 'B' NULL" which is a completely different string).


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