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Re: Subversion Idea

From: Tim Hill <drtimhill_at_comcast.net>
Date: 2006-12-07 01:00:32 CET

On Dec 6, 2006, at 8:42 AM, Andy Levy wrote:

> I think he's asking that Subversion unpack OpenDocument files so that
> the contents can be diffed just like any other text/html file.
>
> If the concern is about space used by the files in the repository and
> hoping that unpacking them will lead to smaller diffs, Subversion does
> binary diffing on files, so the gains may be minimal in many cases.

Actually, it would probably work best if OOo stored the files using a
non-compressed ZIP format, since in general using things like LZW
compression pretty much defeats the xdelta algorithm used by Subversion.

>
> OpenOffice.org has the ability to visually represent the differences
> between 2 files in OpenDocument format; TortoiseSVN comes with a
> couple VBScript scripts which make use of this feature.
>
> Asking Subversion to fundamentally change how it processes specific
> file types and have special "features" for them is going too far,
> IMHO.

Agreed.

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