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Re: Questions about using subversion for non-coding projects.

From: Vincent Starre <vstarre_at_comcast.net>
Date: 2005-08-26 14:36:44 CEST

You may be able to due such a thing by pointing the diff program to a
wrapper which will determine
the type of file and act accordingly. I dont know what kind of output
svn requires, though.

(*this is all a wild guess :) )

Carl Baldwin wrote:

>Hello,
>
>I just had a thought.
>
>I wonder if subversion could be made to defer the merging operation on
>files with certain mime-types. This way, subversion would merely detect
>the need to merge a file but defer the actual work to a script or
>something. In the best case, it might be possible to wrap tools that
>would attempt (hopefully successfully) to merge files like MS office
>documents. If nothing else, the script could tell the user that a merge
>needs to be done and mark the working copy dirty.
>
>I actually got this idea from git. It has this sort of flexibility.
>Actually, it will make a great back-end for this sort of use when it
>gets a webdav interface (plus maybe autoversioning) and a neat windows
>client. For now, though, its not an option.
>
>Carl
>
>On Thu, Aug 25, 2005 at 07:01:18PM -0400, Vincent Starre wrote:
>
>
>>I would not recommend subversion for "text"-like things which are not
>>bare text. While svn certainly /can/ do things like this, it would treat
>>all files as binary, so a lot (though certainly not all) of the
>>usefulness would be gone.
>>Word[for example] is a common enough format that I'm sure there are some
>>version control systems which are format-aware of Word[for example] files.
>>Though I can't say with certainty, having not actually used it,
>>"SharePoint" comes to mind.
>>
>>Jay Paulson wrote:
>>
>>
>>
>>>Hello all-
>>>
>>>I'm doing some research for many things and from reading about
>>>subversion it might do the trick, but I still have questions.
>>>
>>>The company I currently work for has many different projects, however
>>>they are not coding projects. The projects are mainly research ones
>>>with many documents (Word, Excell, PDF docs etc) that are used with
>>>this research (mainly documents things about the research but usually
>>>go through many versions before a final version is released).
>>>
>>>What is needed is some sort of version control system that team
>>>members can use to share files, collaborate ideas, and basically have
>>>a project tracker kind of like SourceForge.net.
>>>
>>>My question is can Subversion handle something like this with mainly
>>>different kind of documents that aren't programs etc? Is there a good
>>>web interface that promotes users to collaborate? I would prefer if
>>>the web interface was written in PHP but if there are good ones
>>>written in something else I'd like to see them.
>>>
>>>Thanks for any suggestions!
>>>
>>>
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