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RE: cvs update; merge

From: Greg A. Woods
Subject: RE: cvs update; merge
Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2001 00:38:10 -0400 (EDT)

[ On Thursday, August 30, 2001 at 16:23:33 (-0700), Paul Sander wrote: ]
> Subject: RE: cvs update; merge
> RCS is capable of storing arbitrary data types in its delta format.  The RCS
> file format standard is also extensible and is capable of storing whatever
> additional meta-data are needed to facilitate the new capability.  RCS lacks
> the tool to create arbitrary newphrases, but that's not barrier for a tool
> that already writes RCS files from scratch.

While that might be true in some sense, it's not exactly true (RCS uses
the standard unix line-based diff algorithm to calculate the deltas it
stores), and in any case the result is most often pretty useless to
anything but RCS.

The reason this is important is because one of the very cool things
about RCS is that the archive format itself is a *TEXT* file.  This
means that if it gets borked you can just 'vi foo,v' and fix it!  Try
doing that once you've put a binary into it!

                                                        Greg A. Woods

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