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RE: cvs update; merge

From: Paul Sander
Subject: RE: cvs update; merge
Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2001 11:21:29 -0700

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>[ On Thursday, August 30, 2001 at 22:59:15 (-0700), Paul Sander wrote: ]
>> Subject: RE: cvs update; merge
>> So you must use a binary file editor to fix an RCS file that contains
>> binary data.  This isn't rocket science, as any Emacs user can tell you.

>I'm an emacs user (and have been for decades) and I'm telling you it IS
>far more complex than "rocket science" to try to edit an RCS file
>containing binary data, even with an rcs-mode to help highlight the RCS
>file syntax elements and assist with RCS-like meta operations.

>The problem is, of course, that binary data is often more or less
>meaningless to a human, while structured text is very meaningful, which
>means that when editing a broken RCS file the structure of the data it
>contains assists you in repairing the RCS structure.

>Been there, done that, threw the file away.

I don't know what you did wrong, but my experience in that matter has been
far more successful, though tedious.  It really isn't as hard as you make
it out to be.  It's even easier if you know something about the structure
of the file stored in the deltas.  And my editor didn't have an RCS-mode.

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