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Re: Autoexpanding ZIP archives?

From: Hadmut Danisch <hadmut_at_danisch.de>
Date: 2005-12-07 17:00:22 CET

On Wed, Dec 07, 2005 at 10:55:37AM -0500, John Peacock wrote:
>
> XML files are not, /per se/, mergeable as text files, so they are
> treated as binary. Certain XML files are mergeable, but others can be
> reordered without changing the meaning at the XML level. There has been
> some discussion about using external XML diff tools to make automatic
> XML merging possible, but it hasn't gone anywhere yet (AFAICT).
>
> >How would subversion deal with that? Would it store the complete
> >binary as a diff, just because on XML line had been changed?
>
> Yes, because it is a binary file.

Even if XML files are treated as binary files, this would not
necessarily mean to treat the whole zip archive as a unit.

If I have a presentation with 10 MB of graphics, and enter just a
single word, SVN wastes another 10 MB just for every little change.

Since these file formats are not proprietary but open source, it would
be desirable to have better support.

regards
Hadmut

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