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From: Reid Sweatman (drunkardswalk_at_[hidden])
Date: 2003-09-29 23:12:58

> -----Original Message-----
> From: boost-bounces_at_[hidden]
> [mailto:boost-bounces_at_[hidden]]On Behalf Of Ehsan Akhgari
> Sent: Monday, September 29, 2003 9:37 PM
> To: 'Boost mailing list'
> Subject: RE: [boost] Re: 1.31.0 release plans
> > The .tar.bz2 distributions are smaller than the .zip, so even though I
> > work on Windows most of the time, I would rather download the .tar.bz2
> > distribution. Most of the time the line endings are irrelevant (most
> > editors can cope with plain LF rather than CRLF, even on Windows --- I
> > think it's only Notepad that has problems), but in a few specific
> > cases (e.g. the .dsp files) the line endings *are* relevant. Since
> > these files are no use at all on a UNIX system, it would make sense
> > to preserve the CRLF line endings in these files in all distributions.
> I also always download the .tar.bz2 distribution because of its size,
> and I agree with Anthony that it makes little sense to use LF instead of
> CRLF for files only used on Windows platforms.
> -------------
> Ehsan Akhgari

Let me just kick in my two bits wearing my professional hat (as opposed to
my usual lurking in my private persona): some editors under Windows attempt
to determine file type by looking at a representative sample of line-endings
using some simple heuristics. The one situation you really want to avoid at
all costs is files with *mixed* line endings. I've no idea that this is an
issue here, but thought I'd mention it to keep it from becoming one. It
breaks editors in strange ways and causes unnecessary support calls.

Reid Sweatman
Senior Software Engineer
Multi Edit Software, Inc.
3370 N Hayden Road
#123 PMB 712
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Main Office: +01 (480) 610-2700
Fax: +01 (480) 610-2714

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