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Re: Why not default to an external diffing engine?

From: C. Michael Pilato <cmpilato_at_collab.net>
Date: 2004-07-22 14:58:57 CEST

auke.jilderda@philips.com writes:

> On a related note to the bug I ran into: why does SVN provide its own
> diffing engine at all? Something wrong with using external diffing
> libs, e.g. from GNU or parties.

In theory, we should be able to tune our internal engine
performance-wise until it can match, say, GNU diff -- and not have the
overhead of running and dealing with external processes (see your
other mail about problem incurred using the external diff on Windows,
for example). Also, Subversion has historically been the target of
some whining about the number of dependencies it has (some of which is
FUD, but...) and anything we can do to alleviate that concern is
beneficial.

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