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RE: How well does CVS handle other types of data?

From: Noel L Yap
Subject: RE: How well does CVS handle other types of data?
Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2001 16:22:46 -0400

What's the difference?  In either case you'll have to handle the merge on your

What about binary files for which there already exists a merge algorithm (eg
Word docs)?


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I think there's a major difference between datatypes that are occasionally
difficult to automatically merge (source code) and datatypes that are
fundamentally unmergable (bitmaps).

> -----Original Message-----
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> Noel L Yap
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> Subject: Re: How well does CVS handle other types of data?
> Not only that, but CVS does't handle code reformats elegantly at all.
> Philosophically, this means that CVS can't merge source code under all
> conditions.  Does this mean you shouldn't use it when such tasks
> can occur?  Of
> course not,  All it means is that these situations need to be
> controlled so that
> CVS is usable (eg minimize their occurrence and ensure others
> know that it's
> going on).  Even if the situation is cotrolled, there's still a
> chance that you
> have a massive manual merge to do (eg when branches are
> involved).  Does this
> mean that one should never do code reformats?
> I guess this is the real argument -- it's not whether the files
> are text or
> binary, it's whether they're mergable or not.  Ideally (and this has been
> discussed before), CVS would allow hooks for diff/merge engines.
> You could then
> supply such an engine for, say, Java code, and refomat as you desire.

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