Saturday, November 18, 2006

Disabilng subversion localization.

I had a hard time figuring how to disable svn localization features, so this post is just here in the hope that it can help the next person who encounters this problem. Its very simple, actually. Subversion obeys traditional Unix internationalization environment variables even when running on other operating systems, so one can just set the LC_ALL env variable to "C" (without the quotations marks) and the console tools will work just as installed on an english language system.

Why did I want to do this? One reason is that the locale handling is broken by default on Windows, but its not hard to fix this (just set the APR_ICONV_PATH environment variable to the \iconv directory on your svn installation). I did it because some build scripts found in the wild work by parsing svn output and localization obviously screws them up.

I'm (still) not dead

This is where I should be excusing myself for being "way too busy" to update my blog and promising that things will get back to "normal" soon. But I'm not actually so busier than usual, it's just that every post I thought about writing ended up larger that expected and taking more time that I have available (I think my brain needs a better job scheduling algorithm). I'll post something decent soon. Or not so soon, but eventually...

Anyway, this is not a link blog - I just can't seem to be able to write any commentary with less than ten lines - but I maintain my bookmarks reasonably well. So, if anyone is curious about stuff I find interesting take a look at

I'll end this useless keepalive post with another musical recommendation: The Jam is a pretty cool old band. Listen to "Eton Rifles", it sounds a bit like a Clash song.