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Bug? Binary files marked as modified when not touched!

From: Ed McDonagh <ed.mcdonagh_at_rmh.nhs.uk>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2008 10:31:59 +0100

Hi

Along side using subversion on linux for code collaboration, we use
TortoiseSVN on Windows 2003 for our QA spreadsheets, which are
predominantly Excel binary files. This works very well in that we have
the whole archive with us in the field on laptops, and we have revision
history. All the 'checked-out' copies are on WindowsXP or XP tablet, and
are all using TortoiseSVN.

The problem is that sometimes various files are marked as modified (red
exclamation mark) when in fact they haven't been. Sometimes it is
possible that they are files that were opened for reference, but then
closed without saving changes. This is not always the case though, and
there are situations where files have definitely not been touched by the
user. The 'date modified' provided by the file system suggests they
haven't been changed.

As they are binary files, one cannot do a diff on them to check what has
really changed.

This has been occurring 'randomly' since we started using TortoiseSVN
for this a 18 months ago. It does seem to happen with some PCs/laptops
and some users more than others.

Is this a known problem? Is the operating system doing something strange
that is causing the files to look modified to TortoiseSVN?

I would appreciate it if anyone can shed any light on this. I have
searched the various archives unsuccessfully, so if this is a known
problem can someone please point me in the right direction?

Thanks,

Ed McDonagh

        

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