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Re: Changing Dump Paths

From: Jan Hendrik <jan.hendrik_at_bigfoot.com>
Date: 2004-01-09 22:25:56 CET

Concerning Re: Changing Dump Paths
mark benedetto king wrote on 9 Jan 2004, 9:47, at least in part:

> The dumpfile is a binary format, even though it looks human-friendly.
> You need to use an 8-bit-clean editor in order to make changes to it
> safely. Perhaps emacs or gvim?

Thanks, Ben, John, Michael, and Tim!

Since doing webfiles in a Windows environment I have exactly that
dump with mixed line endings. Don't want to join the ideological
war between emacs and vi users, but I think SciTE has an option
buried somewhere to leave EOLs untouched, too. Or good old hex
editor should help, too.

However, the general idea behind my quick test with dump editing
was to do, say, cosmetical changes in the dump rather than the
regular way from working copy through commit and update. Like
changing an email address or adding a target attribute to all links,
something like that one wants to be done and then forgotten, but
does not need to propagate to all working copies at once or to
upload all 5000+ files just for this change (rsync definitely not
supported by our hoster) as it could wait till a file is changed
anywhere else. But with checksums this would not work at all of
course, no matter if the editor is clean or dirt ... <g>

Best regards

Jan Hendrik

Freedom quote:

     ... the question becomes,
     are you going to have everyone play by the same rules,
     or are you going to try to rectify the shortcomings,
     errors and failures of the entire cosmos?
     Because those things are wholly incompatible.
     If you're going to have people play by the same rules,
     that can be enforced with a minimum amount
     of interference with people's freedom.
     But if you're going to try to make the entire cosmos right and just,
     somebody has got to have an awful lot of power
     to impose what they think is right on an awful lot of other people.
     What we've seen, particularly in the 20th century,
     is that putting that much power in anyone's hands is enormously dangerous.
                -- Thomas Sowell, 1999

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