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RE: handling of MsWord-Documents in CVS ?

From: Echlin, Michael
Subject: RE: handling of MsWord-Documents in CVS ?
Date: Thu, 24 May 2001 15:42:21 -0400

Now I have run into another funny. When I do a diff of a word document from
WinCVS it only checks out part of the file. If I manually check out the
whole thing it works.
I have csdiff set as my external diff program in wincvs. 

I would have expected that if I am diffing a binary it would give me the
whole file.


-----Original Message-----
From: Eric Siegerman [mailto:address@hidden
Sent: May 23, 2001 3:22 PM
To: Echlin, Michael
Subject: Re: handling of MsWord-Documents in CVS ?

On Wed, May 23, 2001 at 10:58:52AM -0400, Echlin, Michael wrote:
> CSDiff is a visual diff program from ComponentSoftware
> It is from their csrcs product but I use the diff as a standalone with
> of the different CM packages I use here. (No 1 CM product is best in all
> situations, so I use about 6 different ones for different projects.)

Hmm, I just try to shoehorn everything into a CVS problem, since
CVS is what I know.  I guess I should get out more :-)

> Now if I could find out how CSDiff is able to get Word to do the diff of
> different word files, I think they use a command line param but I can't
> it yet.

Either that or they've found the right DLL to call directly.  Try:
  - seeing what DLL's CSDiff refers to
  - temporarily replacing your WinWord.exe with a little program
    that appends its args and environment to a file, then exec's the
    real WinWord (I'm saying this in UNIX terms because I've never
    done Windows programming, but you get the idea I hope)


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