[darcs-users] Default binary masks

Sean E. Russell ser at germane-software.com
Sat Nov 22 22:59:04 UTC 2003

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On Saturday 22 November 2003 15:42, Marnix Klooster wrote:
> This triggers something else: what about Unicode?  Microsoft Visual Studio
> tools tend to use Unicode configuration files (I think UTF-16), which by

I know this is a little off-topic, but WTF?  Why would they choose UTF-16?

> Studio as well.) It would be nice to at least recognize files starting with
> bytes FFFE or FEFF (hex), since these are most probably UTF-16 files.  But
> perhaps I'm opening a can of worms here :-)

Hm.  Does darcs do any sort of byte-level investigation of files?  I thought 
it relied on file endings.

> One way to do this would be to store the following properties for every
> file, or for each group of file names (using regexps):

Store properties for every file "based on file ending"?  Or must the user 
specify, when they add a file, what the character encoding and line ending 
encoding is?  It isn't possible to programmatically determine the encoding 
from the byte-stream, of course, even if you know that you're working with 
non-binary files.

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