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Re: Memory requirements

From: Larry Jones
Subject: Re: Memory requirements
Date: Wed, 22 Nov 2000 14:48:12 -0500 (EST)

Dave Camp writes:
> I had already read that (thanks). The question this brings to mind is that
> if CVS can't store diffs of binary files (correct me if I'm wrong, but the
> docs lead us to believe it just stores a whole new copy when new binary
> versions are committed), why does it need to run a fancy diff that consumes
> huge amounts of memory?
> Or does it actually diff binaries correctly and only store the changes as
> revisions are added (and we read the docs incorrectly)?

It does diff binaries, but it just considers them to be text files that
contain weird characters and have really long lines, so it may not work
very well in practice.  Better handling of binary files is #191 in TODO.

-Larry Jones

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