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Re: Autoexpanding ZIP archives?

From: John Peacock <jpeacock_at_rowman.com>
Date: 2005-12-08 16:16:32 CET

André Pönitz wrote:
> So subversion is not the right tool to store my OOo documents,
> my .png files, my gzipped LaTeX sources, my compressed man pages,
> my cup printer definitions, my .tar.gz source packages?
> Subversion is not the right tool for any of the currently 18852
> .gz files on our primary subversion server?
> Subversion is not the right tool for basically all my Open
> Source activities, not to mention the closed source world
> where basically everything has to be filtered somehow before
> one gets a decent diff?

Yes, essentially you are correct in all of those things. Subversion was
intended to be a "better CVS" and as such is tuned for efficient
textfile version control history operations, just as CVS was. It is not
a general purpose storage mechanism, and I would hazard to guess that it
never will be. You _can_ store your compressed source packages etc.,
but it is not any more efficient than storing it in a filesystem, and it
many ways it is less efficient (since there is currently no way to
delete unneeded revisions from Subversion short of dump/load, though
that will eventually change).

If all of your Open Source activities involve the use of variously
compressed files, I am not aware of *any* version control system which
will efficiently store these files, for all of the technical reasons
that have appeared in this thread. If you, on the other hand, are
storing *source code* in your repository, Subversion is IMNSHO, the best
tool out there for *that* purpose.


John Peacock
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Received on Thu Dec 8 16:39:40 2005

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