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How to change the filetype from binary to text after the file is committed to a git repo?

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I have a problem with an already committed file into my repo. This git repo was converted from svn to git some years ago. Last week I have change some lines in a file and I saw in the diff that it is marked as binary (it's a simple .cpp file). I think on the first commit it was detected as an utf-16 file (on windows). But no matter what I do I can't get it back to a "normal text" text file (git does not detect that), but I is now only utf-8. I also replace the whole content of the file with just 'a' and git say it's binary.

Is the only way to get it back to text-mode?:
* copy a utf-8 version of the original file
* delete the file
* make a commit
* add the old file as a new one

I think that will work but it will also break my history.

Is there a better way to get these behavior without losing history?

posted Jul 24, 2017 by anonymous

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