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Re: Autoexpanding ZIP archives?

From: Hadmut Danisch <hadmut_at_danisch.de>
Date: 2005-12-07 17:00:22 CET

On Wed, Dec 07, 2005 at 10:55:37AM -0500, John Peacock wrote:
> 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.

Even if XML files are treated as binary files, this would not
necessarily mean to treat the whole zip archive as a unit.

If I have a presentation with 10 MB of graphics, and enter just a
single word, SVN wastes another 10 MB just for every little change.

Since these file formats are not proprietary but open source, it would
be desirable to have better support.


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