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Re: .doc files in CVS

From: Robert J. Clark
Subject: Re: .doc files in CVS
Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2001 15:28:16 -0400

On Mon, 25 Jun 2001 13:58:10 -0500 "Alex Flores" <address@hidden> wrote:
> Hi,
> When I version a .doc file in the repository and then check it out, I can
> not read the file anymore.  It displays garbage.  If I conver the file into
> a .htm then it works fine.  Does anybody know why?

I assume that you mean Microsoft Word documents. If so, these are 
binary files, make sure they have been added to CVS with the -kb flag
to mark them as such. CVS will not try to diff them, but will just 
commit the entire document. I believe that the reason you are seeing 
problems is that CVS is failing to diff the binary MS Word format 

I believe that there was an extensive thread recently about versioning 
MS Word documents with CVS. You may want to check the archives.

I noticed that in your followup message, you mention that you are 
sucessfully able to commit and update RTM files. This is because RTM 
is a plain text format the CVS con properly difference. If I was going 
to check in MS Word dodcuments, I would do it use the RTM file format.

- Rob

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