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Re: Version Control of XML data

From: Mark Phippard <MarkP_at_softlanding.com>
Date: 2005-09-07 14:44:34 CEST

Dave Pawson <dave.pawson@gmail.com> wrote on 09/07/2005 07:35:47 AM:

> > No, Subversion always uses its internal differencing engine to store
> > diffs. Specifying alternate diff tools is solely for your benefit
> > when you're examining files.
> Which makes it unsuitable for handling XML files, if a diff is needed?

Subversion may very well be unsuitable for handling certain types of XML
files, but it isn't for this reason. The internal storage format used by
Subversion does nothing that will prevent you getting a proper diff
between revisions. If you had a diff tool that gave the results you are
looking for and could be plugged into Subversion, then it would work
regardless of the Subversion internal formats.

On Windows, TortoiseSVN lets you associate different diff tools for
different file extensions. As an example, it comes with scripts to diff
MS Word as well as OpenOffice.org documents.


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