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Re: Using an external diff program with Subversion

From: Robert Spier <rspier_at_pobox.com>
Date: 2003-08-12 17:06:45 CEST

> I think replaceable parameters are much nicer than requiring a wrapper
> script. Its easier to set up but still allows you to use a wrapper if
> you want to do something really funky. For example, at my site I set up
> a wrapper to call my diff program of choice. A college liked my
> solution and wanted to use it but it had to be set up quite differently
> on his machine as paths, etc. were different in his environment. If I
> had been able to do it with just replaceable parameters it would have
> taken me less time to do and he would have been able to simply copy my
> cofig file and be up and running.

I don't see what the win is for replaceable parameters if you're going
to have to use a wrapper script anyway.

In my personal use case...

    most of the time I will use SVN's internal diff, or an external
    GNU diff.

    when doing comparisons, I might use xxdiff

    and maybe pdiff to print things.

simplifying that, I've got GNU diff and xxdiff, which take very
different argument flags.

How would that work in the config file?

diff-cmd[gnu] = ...
diff-cmd[xxdiff] = ...

?

That's the real catch for replaceable parameters -- because you don't
want to specify them on the command line. (Although a wrapper script
on the outside... would fix that.)

-R

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