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Re: CVS and Jar files: Should you import Jar into the Repository? Why or

From: Richard Caley
Subject: Re: CVS and Jar files: Should you import Jar into the Repository? Why or why not
Date: Tue, 05 Mar 2002 22:42:01 GMT
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In article <address@hidden>, Greg A Woods (gaw) writes:

gaw> CVS can manage to keep track of some changes to some non-diff-able and
gaw> non-patch-able files, but only under a very few and very limited
gaw> circumstances.

no, it keeps track of all the changes. You never lose a change. What
it dosn't do is give you a friendly description of the change, as it
does in the form of a diff for a text file. One can imagine a system
which could:

        cvs diff explanation.wav
        Index: explanation.wav
        RCS file: /home/cvs/CVS/skiing/explanation.wav,v
        retrieving revision 1.3
        diff -r1.3 explanation.wav
        3.7 seconds
        < [three second pause]
        > [two second pase]
        4.8 seconds
        < [breath]
        8.9 seconds
        < /buk/
        > /book/

but I know of nothing which will.

That is a lack, but it is not a big lack. And unless something else
you can point to _can_ analyse the difference between two images and
provide a human friendly description, then this lack in CVS is not an
argument for not using it.

>> What if there really isn't a right tool for the job?  Then what do
>> you do?

gaw> Personally I would create (write, in this case) the tools I would need.

Write a diff program for GIFs or JAR files and work them into CVS.
Sounds like a lot of work for a trivial gain to me, but feel free.

But I am not going to lose the advantages of version control in a fit
of pique over not having a gif differ built into CVS.

Unless you can come up with a bigger problem with using CVS, you are
not going to convince anyone.

In brief, to support your case you need name something which does a
better job or even give a plausible description of such a thing.

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