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Subject [Subversion Wiki] Update of "UnicodeNormalization" by brane
Date Mon, 02 Dec 2013 13:36:59 GMT
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The "UnicodeNormalization" page has been changed by brane:

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= Unicode Normalization for Path and Mergeinfo Lookup =

This specification is the result of a number of ongoing discussions, starting including issue
[[|#2464]] and the various discussions
gathered on the UnicodeComposition page. It has also been strongly influenced by [[|this
blog post]], which discusses the solution adopted by the ZFS filesystem.

== Constraints ==

Any solution to the normalization problem must maintain strict backwards compatibility between
clients and servers. This implies that:
 * we cannot change the network protocol to require that all paths are normalized;
 * the server cannot store paths, or return them to clients, in a different representation
than the one they were originally created with.

The solution also may not drastically affect the performance of the server or working copy.
For example, the working copy database cannot use a normalization-independent collation for
indexing paths, because that limits SQLite's ability to opimize queries.

For repositories that use the FSFS backend, the solution must not affect the layout of the
revision files or directory contents. The repository administrator should be given the choice
whether to implement the solution, regardless of format version.

FSX should incorporate the solution as a mandatory feature. BDB will not support it, ever.

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