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Re: Diff lib

From: Ben Collins-Sussman <sussman_at_collab.net>
Date: 2003-01-09 17:14:16 CET

"Sander Striker" <striker@apache.org> writes:

> In all, I'm glad I did a clean room implementation. Although it is nice
> to see good ideas and solutions by others, sometimes reinventing the
> wheel brings in new good ideas ;) And more importantly, lets you truly
> understand the algorithm.

Sander, I hope your diff library could somehow be packaged up as a
standalone library someday... it would be a great boon to the BSD
world, who have no choice but to use GNU diffutils at the moment.

If somebody really wanted to help Subversion indirectly, they'd start
writing a hard-core test suite for this new difflib. Not a glamorous
job, but critical. The sooner we have rigorous tests, the sooner we
can start integrating it into Subversion, and the sooner we can drop
our dependence on external 'diff' and 'diff3' binaries. What a joy
that will be!

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