[theme-reviewers] Broken Theme Uploads (soon to be broken again)

Daniel Fenn danielx386 at gmail.com
Fri Jun 3 00:19:23 UTC 2011


I'm just wondering, do you if program such as Adobe dreamweaver or Microsoft
expression web will take care of this?

Also will this affect themes that have already been uploaded to the tracker
and waiting to be approved?

Daniel Fenn

On Fri, Jun 3, 2011 at 6:10 AM, Otto <otto at ottodestruct.com> wrote:

> Okay, so, a while back we had a problem where some themes were not
> being uploaded correctly to the Theme system. The symptom of this was
> that a ticket was created, but the theme itself didn't appear to get
> loaded into the SVN repository. I corrected this problem temporarily,
> via a revert of a code change. That was only temporary, today I'll be
> undoing that change and theme uploads will once again break. However,
> this time, they'll break with a warning and explanation.
> The underlying problem is one of DOS and UNIX style line endings. The
> change made to the WordPress SVN systems was made across the board,
> and it was to automatically set the svn:eol-style flag to "native".
> What this means is that text files will get their line ending styles
> converted between DOS and UNIX styles correctly, when they're
> retrieved from the SVN systems.
> The problem with this occurs when you have a single file that has BOTH
> types of line ending styles in it. SVN can't handle that, because it
> doesn't know which way to convert it. This frequently happens when
> you're using editors that aren't smart enough to do this sort of
> conversion for you when you are copy and pasting code between files.
> For example, if you have a file open with UNIX style endings and copy
> part of it into a file with DOS style endings, then some editors don't
> convert the line endings even though they display the paste normally.
> Result: weirdness.
> Now, PHP is like the honey-badger, and it just doesn't care which line
> ending style you use. Either way it's all whitespace to PHP. But SVN
> does care, so we have to care.
> To this end, I've added a new module to the Theme Check plugin, and
> will be releasing a new Theme Check version shortly. It will notify
> you which of your files, if any, have both types of line endings in
> them.
> To correct the problem in these files, various text editing programs
> have options to pick a line ending style in their Save functionality.
> In TextPad, for example, you just go to Save As, then choose the "File
> format" as either PC or UNIX. It honestly doesn't matter which you
> choose, as long as the file itself is consistent. I've tested this,
> and it does solve the problem. Notepad++ has a similar feature. On
> Linux or other unix-based systems, you can install the dos2unix
> command line program and it will correct these types of files as well.
> The reason I'm putting this on the theme author instead of just
> automatically having the dos2unix program run on themes automatically
> is because I can't be certain that themes won't get broken in some
> manner by automatically running programs over them and changing their
> contents as they upload. I want theme authors to be able to correct
> the problem and then to test their themes to make sure nothing is
> affected, before trying to upload them.
> Also note that this line ending problem only applies to text files.
> PHP, CSS, JS, TXT, that sort of thing. Images and such shouldn't be
> affected, as they are binary files.
> Anyway, this change will go into effect in a few hours, after I finish
> making the modifications. I'll release the updated theme check plugin
> shortly. I've tested it on the problem themes sent to me, and it seems
> to reliably detect the problem (and fail the theme check accordingly).
> -Otto
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