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  • BC shows files as read-only but they are not

    I have used Beyond Compare for a while without problems. But now I noticed when I compare two files, they show up in BC as read-only so I can't propogate any changes to each other.

    These two files may be read-only before but have since changed their attributes to writable. I can verify the attribute from Windows Explorer and the Read-only boxes are not checked.

    If anyone can help, I will appreciate it.

    Thanks a lot,
    Zhi

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    Re: BC shows files as read-only but they are not

    This is a character encoding issue.

    When Beyond Compare can't display all of the characters in a file it will open the file as read-only.

    This usually happens when you're opening files that contain characters like the copyright or trademark symbol and your system is localized to a language like Chinese or Japanese.

    To display the files correctly and open them as read-write, open them in the File Viewer, then select Tools|Edit Current Rules. In the General tab, select "20127 (US-ASCII)" from the Character Set drop down.

    This should allow you to edit the files.
    Chris K Scooter Software

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    • #3
      Re: BC shows files as read-only but they are not

      Thanks a lot, Chris.

      That is the problem. Your solution works!

      Best regards,
      Zhi

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