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Re: diff3 on Windows (Was: update problem)

From: Peter Davis <peter_at_pdavis.cx>
Date: 2002-06-14 22:36:49 CEST

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On Friday 14 June 2002 08:13, Ben Collins-Sussman wrote:
> Maybe we shouldn't be using cygwin binaries of diff3. For example, I
> have DOS binaries of diff3 and sitting in a 'utility' folder that has
> moved with me from machine to machine for the last 10 years. It has
> no dll dependencies, and I'm not sure where they originally come
> from...

Personally, Cygwin is not convenient, especially when trying to get SVN up and
running on my coworkers' Windows boxes. It's just one more thing to install,
and the process is not foolproof. I did find a bunch of native Win32 ports,
though, at http://unxutils.sourceforge.net/. Diff.exe and diff3.exe are
included in the rather large zip file. I haven't actually tested them with
svn though, so hopefully the --diff-program thing is not a problem.

Since those tools are (I presume) under the GPL, would it be possible to
include them as part of the prebuilt Win32 tarball? Doing so would make
installation just that much easier, and having one .zip to download and
extract on a bunch of boxes makes life a lot easier (short of making my own
.zip with the cygwin stuff, of course).

- --
Peter Davis
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