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Re: Any problems w/ very large (10-100MB) binary files?

From: Ben Collins-Sussman <sussman_at_collab.net>
Date: 2004-11-13 04:28:34 CET

On Nov 12, 2004, at 9:10 PM, Matthew England wrote:

> Hi Ben,
>
> Thanks for the background info. That seems to be good to know.
>
> At 11/12/2004 08:57 PM, Ben Collins-Sussman wrote:
>> Glenn's objection is that an RCS file is 'hackable' by hand... that
>> you can manually hack out old versions of a file (if you really know
>> what you're doing.) A subversion repository has no way of losing
>> data, ever... it's a database that's not hackable. The only recourse
>> is to [dump | filter | reload].
>
> I'm reading Glenn's "objection" differently.

Whoops, I misworded my response. ;-(

You're right. Glenn's objection is that SVN cannot easily lose data,
while CVS can.

So yes, if you plan to keep things under version control and want
occasionally purge history now and then, Subversion is definitely not
the tool for you. It's possible with SVN, but not easy. (At least,
not as easy as hacking an RCS file.) We plan to address this someday,
but have no concrete plans yet.

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