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Re: GUI Diff on Repository HEAD and "a" directory?

From: Mark Phippard <markphip_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2007-03-18 16:51:16 CET

On 3/18/07, Tom Malia <tommalia@ttdsinc.com> wrote:
> VSS's Diff program appears to be built into the client GUI (when I run it
> I don't see any separate EXE's in my task list for it). When you do a Diff,
> for each file/directory you want to compare you first decided if the source
> is a file system source or a repository source. I find this feature VERY
> handy. However, as you said, over a WAN the performance can be less than
> ideal…. I guess you can't have your cake and eat it too. I can envision
> creating some batch files or something that might make it easy enough to
> utilize the export feature you mentioned just prior to performing an actual
> Diff so that to the end user they don't really know the difference… However,
> I again may be coming at this the wrong way….
Just to come back to this once more, I do think it is possible you are
coming at this from the wrong way.

Why do you need to compare repository contents against pure file system?
Are people modifying files outside the scope of version control?

If the file system is just a deployed version of your application and you
are just looking to compare that version against the latest version, then
why are you just not using tags? Everytime you deploy you just create a tag
in Subversion, and when you want to compare you can do the compare entirely
within the repository by comparing the tag against the latest version, or
whatever it is you want to compare.

Mark Phippard
Received on Sun Mar 18 16:51:38 2007

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