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Re: Is it possible to synchronize unpacked sources with its binary container?

From: Richard Bos <ml_at_radoeka.nl>
Date: 2007-05-22 09:42:40 CEST

On Mon, May 21, 2007 at 07:33:48PM -0400, Olivier Dagenais wrote:
> >Would something like this be possible, either using shell scripts (on
> >linux)
> >or even better with an extension to the currently available clients
> >like 'svn' and TortoiseSVN? It won't be trivial, but as odf files are
> >hopefully becoming the standard, it would be a very valuable addition to
> >subversion.
> Personally, I would prefer seeing the software that generated this file to
> also have the option of saving in "exploded" format, that way you can
> commit these files/folders in all types of source control systems.
> Microsoft's InfoPath, which usually saves Form Templates as .xsn (CAB files
> with a different extension) has such a feature for, I imagine, purposes
> like the one you want...

I have thought about this as well, and kword has this feature for example
and I think theat OpenOffice.org can be extended to give it this functionality
as well via extensions. The problem that this creates in my opinion is that
it is actually a new file format. Incase of odt it's mime-type should not
be odt but unpacked odt. The application should than also be capable of
reading in a unpacked version of the document. Is this really desirable?
It gives I think also problems with for example the web frontends. Anonymous
users may be referred to the unpacked documents, on what file/directory to
click to open the document?
I think the drawbacks of unpacked documents is bigger than its advantages.

Richard Bos
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Received on Tue May 22 09:43:03 2007

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