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RE: merge mode for XML

From: Noel Yap
Subject: RE: merge mode for XML
Date: Sat, 4 May 2002 04:57:49 -0700 (PDT)

--- Sean Hager <address@hidden> wrote:
> > No.  Not on extension, but based on *regular
> expressions*, or at least
> > shell-style   pattern  matching   expressions.  
> Extensions   are  too
> > simplistic.  (c.f. CVSROOT/cvswrappers, 
> CVSROOT/cvsignore)
> Extensions would work fine, pattern matching is
> overkill.

I think use of a magic file would be more appropriate
to set the default diff/merge program.

> > Yes.   Some mechanisms  like  ~/.mime.types plus 
> ~/.mailcap would  be
> > desirable.  But  one more complication  would be
> the version  of these
> > external programs.  Maybe, CVS needs to keep track
> of which version of
> > the tools  were used for which  file revisions, so
> as  to reliably and
> > faithfully reproduce any snapshot.
> This is a bit more overkill.  Admins should test and
> make backups before
> changing diff/merge programs during production. 
> Even still, most updates in
> diff/merge programs would be to fix bugs and would
> not dramatically change
> the program functionality.

I argee.  Further, if versioning were desired, the
diff/merge tool can be versioned if it's kept in
CVSROOT like all the other admin stuff.


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