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Re: CVS corrupts binary files ...

From: Paul Sander
Subject: Re: CVS corrupts binary files ...
Date: Thu, 17 Jun 2004 13:40:27 -0700

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>At 4:02 PM -0400 6/17/04, Greg A. Woods wrote:

>I have no problem using/learning new tools. I'd personally love to be 
>able to use VooDoo for version control, but there are two problems:

>1. It's not free
>2. There is no standalone client for it
>3. There is no windows version

>#1 is, of course, a very compelling reason to use any piece of 
>software that works. Can you point to an alternative to CVS that is 
>also free?

Here are four:  RCS, Aegis, Monotone, OpenCM.

>There is one thing that I simply don't understand with respect to CVS 
>and Binary Files.

>Why would it not work well to use a CVS Wrapper to binhex (uuencode, 
>etc.) a binary file and then essentially have CVS to only see your 
>file as a text file?

The key is that there's a distinction between text files and mergeable
files.  Programs like binhex and uuencode produce text files, but they're
not mergeable.

CVS works best on files that are both ASCII and mergeable.  CVS could be
made to work on files that mergeable but not ASCII.  Once that is done,
non-mergeable files could be made to look like mergeable files by supplying
a diff tool that works like cmp, and merge tool that works like cp; but you
must remember that the results of using such tools are not impressive.

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