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Re: Subversion .svn annoyance

From: Toby Johnson <toby_at_etjohnson.us>
Date: 2004-09-04 10:08:07 CEST

Chip Turner wrote:

>The main kind of obfuscation/transformation
>that I had thought of was actually gzipping, ie, something useful in
>its own way and not just a random rot13 or whatnot. I imagine that
>idea has come up before as a way to save checkout space. It would be
>interesting if it had any noticeable performance impact.
The problem with any sort of obfuscation is that many third-party tools
count on .svn/text-base containing a pristine copy of versioned files. I
use several tools (such as PsPad and ActiveState Komodo) that don't have
native SVN support, but I can use their "external commands" features to
hack a quick "svn diff" within the program by comparing my file with the
one in text-base. On Unix, I have a quick shell script to call KDiff3
the same way, when I want a visual diff tool instead of a text-based one.

The annoyance in having to gunzip or otherwise de-obfuscate the
text-base files before using them would far outweigh the annoyance of
having to pipe your greps through a grep -v svn/text-bas or otherwise
use some other tool to accomplish the same thing.

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Received on Sat Sep 4 10:09:02 2004

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