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Re: CVS and Binaries

From: Greg A. Woods
Subject: Re: CVS and Binaries
Date: Fri, 26 Oct 2001 17:15:21 -0400 (EDT)

[ On Friday, October 26, 2001 at 10:48:20 (-0500), Jason Mowat wrote: ]
> Subject: CVS and Binaries
> I want to do revision control on files such as Visio diagrams and
> Access applications.  These files are "binary" format.  I am currently
> a user of CVS for my text based source, and I am quite happy with it.
> I have looked at Visual Source Safe, and it seems like a good tool for
> storing files of this kind.  However, I don't like the fact that I
> have to have two sepaprate repositories: one for text base source and
> one for binaries.  Our CVS repository is also running under Linux,
> where VSS will not run.  I'd like to keep my repositories on the same
> physical box.

Well, like it or lump it, but you've got two very different classes of
files that require two very different, indeed antithetical, processes
for handling their change management.  It does not make sense to try to
lump two such different things into one tool.

Use the right tool(s) for the job(s).

> Does anyone run more than one RCS to handle this binary file issue?

That question doesn't mean aything without a lot more context.

> Should I use CVS to store Visio diagrams and Access apps, or should I
> try a different product?

I wouldn't -- they're non-mergable files.

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