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Re: Smoke, FUD (was Re: CVS corrupts binary files ...)

From: Greg A. Woods
Subject: Re: Smoke, FUD (was Re: CVS corrupts binary files ...)
Date: Fri, 2 Jul 2004 14:22:04 -0400 (EDT)

[ On Thursday, July 1, 2004 at 14:33:11 (-0700), Paul Sander wrote: ]
> Subject: Re: Smoke, FUD (was Re: CVS corrupts binary files ...)
> What are you talking about?  I can think of only two ways that CVS
> "uses" the deltas:

Well, as usual you got off on the wrong track right from the start

What part of "RCS Compatible" have you misunderstood this time?

> CVS has a notoriously poor diff and merge capability.

Well, that seems to depend entirely on your point of view and your
perpensity to try to use the wrong (or at least the least suitable) tool
for the job.

I and no doubt millions of other people have been incredibly satisfied
with the extremely wide applicability of the unix diff and merge
algorithms.  It's almost a miracle that they work so well for such a
variety of different kinds of text files -- or maybe it's just an
indication of how well designed they are for dealing with the vast
majority of forms of representation of human-readable information.

Of course you don't have to like them, but you do have to accept that
they are integral to RCS and thus integral to CVS.  Go away and go play
with xdelta and friends if you want.

                                                Greg A. Woods

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