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Re: Join 3 Files with History?

From: Jan Hendrik <list.jan.hendrik_at_gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Aug 2009 12:37:33 +0200

Concerning Re: Join 3 Files with History?
Carsten Koch wrote on 18 Aug 2009, 0:18, at least in part:

> On Sun, 2009-08-16 at 10:56 +0200, Jan Hendrik wrote:

> The easiest way to achieve what you want is to keep the three
> files as separate files in the repository and to the merge
> (automatically, i.e. using a small script) every time you
> check them out.

And what would happen on checking in? I guess you mean
uploading/exporting to the live server here.

> This way you would (continue to) keep full, fine-grained histories
> based on their original structure, while on the outside implementing a
> new structure.

Despite the advantage of keeping the history intact for each part I
don't think that would really work, at least it would take rather a lot
and error-prone scripting. Also, we want to get rid of the back-n-
forth linking to/from footnotes, which has become a nightmare, by
having some javascript taking care of this. Yet that requires (well,
not necessarily, but we don't want to feed the monster) content and
footnotes being in one single file. For a monster this thing has
become over the years, and we want to tame it, sensible and in
several steps, but tame it, not build another monster around it.

We thought about going back in history, merging content &
footnote, and re-doing all the modifications one by one, but as this
thing is not in empty space that's not very feasible either. I now
think about checking the history of both for which one is "heavier"
(relatively, IMHO), preserve that by copying the other part in, and
then weather the storm when writers cannot access the other part's
history, at least not as easily as they were used to.

Thanks for your suggestions anyway.

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     If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free.
     If our wealth commands us, we are poor indeed.
               -- Edmund Burke


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