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Re: Autoexpanding ZIP archives?

From: John Peacock <jpeacock_at_rowman.com>
Date: 2005-12-07 23:06:42 CET

Peter N. Lundblad wrote:
> Hmmm, are we entering micro-optimization land now. Maybe the binary diff
> doesn't produce the smallest diff possible, but it must be much better
> than a context diff in this situation. I can understand why people want
> us to be more intelligent for .zip files, but not in this case.

Except that XML files are, typically, human readable code, yet a binary
diff would not be. You can use the '--diff-cmd' and '--extensions' to
produce diffs using an external tool, but if I remember correctly, this
is primarily intended to be used with GNU diff instead of the internal
diff. Being able to more easily use an external diff tool for merging
purposes has some utility.

All of this is orthogonal to the original discussion, which was how to
add sufficient pixie dust to Subversion to magically understand
different file formats and store the constituent elements separately
within the repository. Things have wandered a bit since then... ;)


p.s. please don't take offense, anyone who has been advocating for
client side hooks. I'm tired and just trying to add a little levity to
the discussion.

John Peacock
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Received on Wed Dec 7 23:07:31 2005

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