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Re: Autoexpanding ZIP archives?

From: John Peacock <jpeacock_at_rowman.com>
Date: 2005-12-07 16:55:37 CET

Hadmut Danisch wrote:
> If I correct just a typo in a large presentation, which is actually
> just a changed line in one of the XML files, this impacs the whole zip
> archive.

XML files are not, /per se/, mergeable as text files, so they are
treated as binary. Certain XML files are mergeable, but others can be
reordered without changing the meaning at the XML level. There has been
some discussion about using external XML diff tools to make automatic
XML merging possible, but it hasn't gone anywhere yet (AFAICT).

> How would subversion deal with that? Would it store the complete
> binary as a diff, just because on XML line had been changed?

Yes, because it is a binary file.

> What about auto-expanding zip archives and storing them as svn files,
> and auto-compressing when exporting the repository?



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