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Re: TortoiseSVN/TortoiseMerge - Diff XML files ignoring irrelevant differences

From: Ryan Hathaway <rghathaway_at_starkcountyohio.gov>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:34:39 -0500

We integrate Beyond Compare 3 with TortoiseSVN for file comparison
purposes here. Here is an outdated document which shows how to
configure Tortoise with our internal recommended settings from a few
years ago if you are interested. Obviously, decide for yourself whether
changing each setting from its default makes sense for your current

Thank you,


Ryan Hathaway

Programmer Analyst

Office of Alan Harold, Auditor
Stark County Ohio
110 Central Plaza S
Canton, OH 44702


***Please note: My email address has changed to
rghathaway_at_starkcountyohio.gov ***

>>> "Kerry, Richard" <richard.kerry_at_atos.net> 11/26/14 9:25 AM >>>
 When differencing some file-types, eg XML, whitespace and some details
of the syntax don’t actually mean a significant difference. Two XML
files might appear from a straightforward text diff to be quite
different, but to an XML-aware differencer they could be the same.
 On looking at XML files in TortoiseMerge I am seeing these irrelevant
differences and it is making it very difficult to spot real changes,
either to plan my commit, or to do a merge.
 I have come fairly recently to Subversion and TortoiseSvn and
TortoieMerge, having used CVSNT/CVS Suite for many years. With CVSNT
I’ve used WinMerge for showing differences. WinMerge comes with some
filters to normalize irrelevant differences between files so this issue
can be worked around (though the filters do prevent these file-types
being merged).
 Is there a feature for doing this within TortoiseSvn/TortoiseMerge ?
 I notice that there is some filetype specific selection of differencing
that is used for MS Word files, for example. I’ve found the “Advanced
diff settings” page where plugins are configured for Word/Excel etc but
there is no sign of anything provided for XML.
 Is there anything built-in to ToitoiseSvn or TortoiseMerge that I’m
missing ? Or any existing plug-in that I might consider using ?
 Richard Kerry
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