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RE: Diff lib

From: Sander Striker <striker_at_apache.org>
Date: 2003-01-09 19:02:46 CET

> From: Daniel Stenberg [mailto:daniel@haxx.se]
> Sent: Thursday, January 09, 2003 6:28 PM

> On Thu, 9 Jan 2003 rbb@rkbloom.net wrote:
>
>> I'll take a look at the C framework, and see if I can just use it. The
>> other option is to actually split the diff library out and make it a
>> separate project. Then another testing framework wouldn't be a big deal.
>> ;-)
>
> IMHO, I think the diff library would benefit from getting separated from
> Subversion and put in its own little project.

Well, that may be the case, but I'd like to work on it a bit more before
deciding on that (ofcourse I can't stop anyone from forking it...). From
the error reporting point of view, regarding Subversion as primary user,
it would be nice to keep it in Subversion.

Eliminate the current error reporting and its only dependency is APR.
It can be implemented without depending on APR altogether (which probably
wouldn't even be that hard), but I'm not going to put any effort into
that.

Anyway, my focus is on getting it working within the context of Subversion.
I'll consider putting in some effort to split it out (or fork it if we like
it as it is in Subversion), if that goal is reached.

> Then it'll be easier for non-Subversion people too to join in that work etc.

Apart from debugging it, the TODO list is actually not that long. I can
probably get most of it done myself in the next couple of weeks.

Someone could probably do context diff output in a few hours. And other
formats too, if the spec is known. We can even make up our own...

If we can decide whether it is reliable enough for us (using the new tests
Ryan is going to write for us ;) :), it would be nice to start integrating
its use in the commandline client (on a branch).

Sander

PS. Anyone care to write a patch library? ;)

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