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Re: maximum size of binary files ?

From: Larry Jones
Subject: Re: maximum size of binary files ?
Date: Tue, 1 Sep 2009 18:21:41 -0400

=?ISO-8859-15?Q?Michael_H=FCttermann?= writes:
> what is the "official statement" concerning CVS' support of big binary 
> files?

You shouldn't do it.  CVS was designed to be a *source* control system,
not a generic configuration management system.  CVS's diff algorithm
doesn't work very well on binary files, so the repository file tends to
grow quite quickly rather than growing slowly as it does for text file. 
And merging binary files is not possible, which defeats much of the
purpose of using CVS. 

CVS 1.11 has a maximum repository file size of about 2GB on most
systems, CVS 1.12 supports large files if the OS and underlying file
system do (assuming the configure script can detect it).
Larry Jones

Something COULD happen today.  And if anything DOES,
by golly, I'm going to be ready for it! -- Calvin

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