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Re: is subversion useful for mainly binary projects?

From: McClain Looney <m_at_loonsoft.com>
Date: 2004-03-17 20:53:28 CET

On Wednesday 17 March 2004 01:43 pm, Terry Kilshaw wrote:
> Subversion is supposedly designed to handle binary files more efficiently
> than CVS. But the Subversion documents, which are generally excellent,
> don't mention check-out/check-in as a Subversion option, other than to dis
> it.

the way in which svn is more efficient with binaries, is that instead of
keeping full copies for each revision of a binary file, it keeps reverse
diffs, saving huge space, bandwidth and update time.

i'm not sure what your last sentence means though. can you clarify?

> Is Subversion usable for binary-only projects like ours?

very much so. you'll like it much better. you don't even have to specify -kb
when adding binaries.

> If so, how?

it functions very similarly to cvs in every day use. if you have figured out
cvs, you won't have much trouble migrating.

> Does it have, hidden away somewhere, the equivalent of the CVS edit/unedit
> commands?

svn does not implement locking, if that's what you mean.

McClain Looney
LoonSoft LLC
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