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Re: WINCVS and MSVC problem

From: Kaz Kylheku
Subject: Re: WINCVS and MSVC problem
Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2002 15:55:12 GMT
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In article <address@hidden>, Stephan Feder wrote:
>Kaz Kylheku wrote:
>> In article <address@hidden>, Stephan Feder wrote:
>> >Larry,
>> >
>> >I know how the cvs client handles line endings but nonetheless it is a
>> >problem for quite a few users. What about a flag for the client that
>> >prevents it from doing _any_ line ending conversions (as I understand it
>> >the server transfers the files as they are)?
>> You misunderstand. The problem is that some idiots took DOS text files
>> sitting on a Linux client, and imported or added them to CVS.
>That means everyone with a working directory shared between windows and
>unix boxes (not shared between multiple users!) is an idiot?

A resounding yes! This is lunacy, and moreover CVS does not support it.

 Do you
>really think having two working directories with the same (apart from
>line endings) checked out revisions is clever?

No, only that it's the right thing that is properly supported by the

>And if you (have to)
>switch between systems while editing a file you have to check in system
>1's file and update system 2's file.

Yes, so what?

>And you have to back it up.

Backing up the repository after every single commit is not something
that will scale well to a large repository with many users.

>just maybe the proper line ending for editing is not the proper line
>ending for processing.

All of the tools on a given platform should agree about what the
representation of a text file is.

There are exceptions; for example Cygwin can be installed so that it
uses Unix file representations. But then, arguably, Cygwin is a platform.
Within that platform, the tools, including CVS, agree about what a text
file is.

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