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Re: cvswrappers - any better suggestions ?

From: Laine Stump
Subject: Re: cvswrappers - any better suggestions ?
Date: 15 May 2001 09:31:57 -0400
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"Echlin, Michael" <address@hidden> writes:

> There are problems with binary files in cm. when you start adding many
> revisions to an archive you get an archive file that suddenly becomes very
> large, with some documents having a size of 6 to 20 megs even 10 revisions
> is a large file to hunt through to get at the particular version of the
> document, and with our particular industry the documents are live for the
> life of the system they describe and that life expectancy is 40 years.

This may not be the case for the document processor program you're
using, but many word processors allow saving in .RTF format, which is
a text file. People using such a word processor (MS Word is an
example) could just save all their documents in that format, which
should greatly reduce the size of diffs between revisions.

> That and let me specify what program I will use to show the diff of that
> type of file. (Word does diffs of word files, excel does diffs of excel
> files...)

I know how to make Word show me a diff of two files from the menu, but
don't know how to do it from a DOS commandline, and I've been *dying*
to find out (I could then setup tkCVS to use it); I even searched the
MSDN documentation and didn't find anything. Do you (or anybody else
on the list) know how to do this?

Note that subversion ( *will* have
support for diff "plugins", I believe both for viewing and for storing
(not sure about the 2nd).

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