[cvsnt] Re: codepages on unix

Richard Wirth richard at wirthware.de
Wed Mar 22 10:55:19 GMT 2006

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Hello Tony,

>>   1. CVSNT servers on unix try to run in UTF-8 if the system supports
>>      this.

TH> Yes this has been true for a while.  It's the only way to ensure a 
TH> common protocol - cvsnt clients then translate back to their local 
TH> codepage as required
Is the translation done on server or on client side?

>>   2. If one moves a repository from WIN32 or cvshome server, the
>>      codepage of the server has to be overwritten, or the repository
>>      has to be converted.

TH> You'd have to do that anyway for a Win32->Unix or Unix->Win32 change, 
TH> since the character sets are often different.

How to do that? Is there a tool/solution?
This should be mentioned in the wiki ('moving a repository')...

TH> It's not been an issue for people normally - really only affects
TH> the comments.

And the Documentation (generated from this comments)...

TH> RCS files don't contain codepage information so it's not trivial to 
TH> convert automatically -  you can have comments in multiple languages 
TH> etc. with no indication of their original character set.

Normaly the codepages can be guessed / are known for a particular
repository, so a conversion should be possible (even it may be not
100% correct)

>>   3. If one overwrites the servers codepage via /etc/cvsnt/PServer
>>      clients running on the same machine as the server also get this
>>      codepage forced.
TH> Shouldn't matter normally though - unix is quite good at handling
TH> this stuff. 

How to understand this?

Best regards,
 Richard                            mailto:richard at wirthware.de

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