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RE: Subversion vs CVS for document files

From: Trent Nelson <tnelson_at_onresolve.com>
Date: 2006-11-15 15:40:14 CET

> > Why not? If you just think of revision numbers as tags, they are
just
> > as meaningful whether they increase sequentially or by bigger jumps.
>
> How is it meaningful - or useful - for a revision number to change
> when no related content changed? If you have a later version than
> mine, how do I know if it is different or not?

You educate your users to refer to the last changed revision of that
document, not the current repository revision. As someone else pointed
out, 'svn info <file>' will display this information.

Then, assuming you're not using a binary document format like
pdf/xls/doc, set the svn:keywords "Id" property on the file, and place
the $Id$ string on the footer of every page.

Then, when Joe wants to see if Fred is looking at the same version of
the document as he is, they compare the version # that's on the bottom
of every page.

        Trent.

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