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Re: Version Control of XML data

From: Dave Pawson <dave.pawson_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2005-09-07 14:52:01 CEST

On 07/09/05, Mark Phippard <MarkP@softlanding.com> wrote:

> > 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.
Fair comment.
I guess it is XML definitions that makes 'identical' different.... if
you see what I mean :-)

<x><a:b/><x>
can be 'identical' to

<x>
    <a:b/>
</x:

  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.

and svn accepted the output of that diff engine, yes.

Ryan said
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 implies that is not the case?

regards

-- 
Dave Pawson
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