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RE: binary files bad idea? why?

From: Jim.Hyslop
Subject: RE: binary files bad idea? why?
Date: Wed, 19 May 2004 15:06:59 -0400

marko wrote:
> just read that handling of binary files with cvs is a bad idea (or
> something similar).
Hmmm... I would suggest that either you mis-interpreted what was written, or
what you read was either inaccurate or incomplete.

CVS can easily handle binary files. It's just not necessarily as efficient
at handling them as it is at handling text files. That is an outcome of the
history of the utility - it was originally designed to handle source files.

Jim Hyslop
Senior Software Designer
Leitch Technology International Inc. (
Columnist, C/C++ Users Journal (

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