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Re: Autoexpanding ZIP archives?

From: John Peacock <jpeacock_at_rowman.com>
Date: 2005-12-07 23:11:47 CET

Greg Hudson wrote:
> Would these generate the exact same target file, byte for byte? If not,
> they're probably not suitable for the job.

No, I believe they would produce the corresponding changes to transform
the source to the target. Any xmldiff program that could be used within
Subversion would be a "XML context-sensitive diff" as opposed to GNU
diff or Subversion's internal diff which is a "line sensitive diff" right?

> Even if we did allow fudging of the target file, I'm not sure it's safe
> to reorder attributes or sub-elements of an XML file,

My understanding (and I'd be more than happy to be corrected) was that
depending on the XML, there were certain bits that could be rearranged
and still be "equivalent" and other bits that couldn't. This was above
and beyond the "</tag> vs <tag></tag>" equivalence.


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