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Re: svndiff and XML

From: Brian Behlendorf <brian_at_collab.net>
Date: 2000-10-11 22:40:50 CEST

Only a format that uses a content-length descriptor can embed arbitrary
binary data into a composite form; look at HTTP, for example. Or in MIME
- do any of the multipart/* formats allow for binary data without
encoding anyways? The ones I see always use \n-- to demark a new

Do we need to go all the way down to base64? There's got to be a more
better encoding pattern given there's only 4 chars we need to

Maybe svndiff + gzip?


On 11 Oct 2000, Ben Collins-Sussman wrote:
> After all your compression benchmarking, it must be frustrating to be
> forced to expand your data by a third!
> At first, I thought to myself, "Thank goodness this is for XML only,
> which is really only an occasional interchange format. The real DAV
> communications will someday send actual vcdiff or svndiff data over
> the wire."
> But now I just realized that the DAV is still HTTP messages -- does
> this mean we're stuck base64'ing *all* binary data, even in Subversion
> 1.0, forever and ever?
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