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RE: Checkout text files with the Unix LF (Oxa) - from command lin e

From: Thornley, David
Subject: RE: Checkout text files with the Unix LF (Oxa) - from command lin e
Date: Mon, 8 Oct 2001 10:07:05 -0500

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Peter Ring [mailto:address@hidden
> What's flawed is the idea that the end-of-record format in 
> any text file
> should be inherently determined by the operating system. 
> Would you also like
> your OS to determine what character set you should be allowed to use?
What, then, is the OS-independent way of marking an end of record?
There are several that occur to me as possibilities, and which have
been used by various operating systems I am or have been familiar with.
All of them have advantages and disadvantages, and have been selected
for various reasons.

I've also worked on systems that mandated EBCDIC, ASCII with assorted
variations, several CDC display codes, and Unicode.  There is some
grounds for standardization here, but should it be on ASCII, Unicode,
ISO 8559-1, or what?

The CVS idea that the program, be it client or server, uses whatever
convention is suitable for its host, does quite well when people refrain
from mixing that which should not be mixed.

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