Byte order mark always make some files modified

Mike Alexander mta at
Sat Dec 27 15:19:08 EST 2014

--On December 27, 2014 at 9:22:12 AM -0800 John Ralls 
<jralls at> wrote:

>> On Dec 27, 2014, at 3:50 AM, Chenxiong Qi <qcxhome at> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> Following files are always marked as modified in my repos when swtich
>> between maint and master back and forth, sometimes these modified
>> files prevent git from git-checkout, meanwhile they cannot be stashed
>> or checked out with `checkout --`.
>> modified:   doc/README-de.win32-bin.txt
>> modified:   doc/README-fr.win32-bin.txt
>> modified:   doc/README-it.win32-bin.txt
>> modified:   doc/README-nl.win32-bin.txt
>> modified:   doc/README-zh_CN.win32-bin.txt
>> modified:   doc/README-zh_TW.win32-bin.txt
>> modified:   doc/README.win32-bin.txt
>> modified:   doc/examples/downloaded.mt940
>> I searched archived mails in gnucash-devel, set `git config --global
>> core.autocrlf input`. However, this only affects the first time when
>> checkout branch from master to maint. Above issue happens again when
>> checkout back to master from maint. Really confused, have no idea why
>> this happens and not sure whether it's an CRLF-related issue.
> Those files' line endings are supposed to be controlled by
> .gitattributes, which overrides the core.autocrlf setting. I tweaked
> the globs in .gitattributes 2 Dec., and Mike Alexander removed the
> line endings from the repo on the 8th. This worked correctly for me
> just now, with no core.autocrlf setting. Did you experience the
> problem with a fresh checkout or an older one?
> README.win32-bin.txt and downloaded.mt940 don't have BOMs.

And what sort of machine is this on?  Windows, Mac, or Linux?  I have 
core.autocrlf set to "input" and it seems to work ok for me on my Mac. 
You might want to reread the section on "End-of-line conversion" in the 
"git help attributes" man page.


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