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RE: how to checkin binary files

From: Frederic Brehm
Subject: RE: how to checkin binary files
Date: Fri, 23 Apr 2004 11:11:28 -0400

At 08:59 AM 4/23/2004, Gurpreet Singh (SCM) wrote:
I have observed that code get from a branch is taking lot of time if
compared to that involved in from the Main tree.

CVS uses the rcs file format to store files in the repository. The doc/RCSFILES document in the CVS source tree describes how rcs stores versions. Basically, the head of the trunk is stored whole. Previous versions are stored as backward deltas from the head. Branch versions are stored as forward deltas from the branch point.

The RCSFILES document contains the following:

One common concern about the RCS file format is the fact that to get
the head of a branch, one must apply deltas from the head of the trunk
to the branchpoint, and then from the branchpoint to the head of the


Frederic W. Brehm, Sarnoff Corporation,

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