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RE: handling of MsWord-Documents in CVS ?

From: Echlin, Michael
Subject: RE: handling of MsWord-Documents in CVS ?
Date: Fri, 18 May 2001 08:44:08 -0400

Yes Eric you are right but it is one of the options.
My preferred way is the "archive by reference" as done by MKSSI and then
using m$word to diff the files.
Since the company is using all types of templates as a matter of policy and
they all have macros, saving in RTF is not an option. But when not at work I
use either emacs or sitepad and save everything as HTML or SGML depending on
how it will be published.


-----Original Message-----
From: Eric Siegerman [mailto:address@hidden
Sent: May 17, 2001 2:50 PM
To: address@hidden
Subject: Re: handling of MsWord-Documents in CVS ?

On Thu, May 17, 2001 at 09:16:31AM -0400, Echlin, Michael wrote:
> The problem with binaries (and word files are binaries [...])
> [...]
> 6: hack cvs so that it uuencodes and decodes binary files on checkin and
> checkout.

This wouldn't help at all (the deltas would still be huge), and
it would probably be dangerous (you still couldn't do a
meaningful merge, but CVS might try anyway, and end up corrupting
the file).

Better would be to hack CVS so that it uses xdelta
( as its
underlying storage format.  There was a thread here not too long
ago about the pros and cons of that.


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