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Re: WINCVS and MSVC problem

From: Larry Jones
Subject: Re: WINCVS and MSVC problem
Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2002 11:44:36 -0500 (EST)

Stephan Feder writes:
> That means everyone with a working directory shared between windows and
> unix boxes (not shared between multiple users!) is an idiot?

Perhaps not an idiot, but certainly misguided.

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

Clever?  No.  But if you need to work in both environments, then it *is*
a necessity.

> 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. And you have to back it up. And
> just maybe the proper line ending for editing is not the proper line
> ending for processing.

This makes it sound like you have serious process problems.  Text files
are text files -- editors are one of the things that process them.  On a
given system, editors should use the same line ending conventions as
whatever else processes the file -- the *system's* line ending
conventions.  And note that there are more differences between system
text file formats than just line ending conventions (on VMS, for
example, standard text files have a binary line length for each line and
no ending whatsoever).

-Larry Jones

Philistines. -- Calvin

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