svn:eol-style property

Kevin Ballard eridius at
Wed Jan 24 08:29:49 PST 2007

There are a ton of files in the dports tree that have svn:eol-style  
set to native. In theory this would be a good thing, yes?  
Unfortunately, it's actually not.

In the specific case of patchfiles (by far the most common type of  
file in the files/ directories), line endings cannot be modified or  
the patch utility will refuse to apply the chunks. In the more  
general case of anything in the files/ directories, I would assume  
that these files all were meant to work with their original line  
endings, and that, depending on the type of file in there, flipping  
the line endings could cause issues. The only type of file in which  
one could make a case for native line endings is *.txt files (of  
which there are a small handful).

As for the Portfiles themselves, I assume Tcl doesn't care about line  
endings, so I see no problem with native eol-style on those.

Does anybody have any objects to my removal of svn:eol-style on all  
files in the files/* directories (with the possible exception of  
*.txt files)?

Kevin Ballard
eridius at

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