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Re: Diffs on binary files

From: Kurt Pruenner <leak_at_gmx.at>
Date: Tue, 11 Mar 2008 09:22:31 +0100

Andy Levy wrote:
> Jason Harrison wrote:
> > Is it possible to configure TortoiseSVN (or SVN) to skip the step of
> > comparing binary files (like photoshop files). I'm not sure in general
> > what savings would be made in space by performing the diffs, but the
> > commits may be faster because the extra processing would not be necessary.
>
> Subversion uses a binary diffing algorithm which allows it to store
> deltas for binary and plain text with equal aplomb, so there would be
> no space savings by "disabling" it (in fact, quite the opposite -
> you'd end up using a lot more space in the repository). The only place
> where it doesn't work very well is with compressed files.

As far as I understand his question he wants to trade space for speed by
storing full versions of big binary blobs (like Photoshop images)
instead of diffing them...

But I'd guess that would need changes in the SVN libraries, not just
TortoiseSVN.

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