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[Gnu-arch-users] File-tpye plug-in architecture for Arch?

From: michael josenhans
Subject: [Gnu-arch-users] File-tpye plug-in architecture for Arch?
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2003 23:50:19 +0100
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arch as a version management is currently designed to work with:
- text files

the diff tool is designed to work with:
- text files

the patch sets:
- are stored as tar files

Should be a plug-in structure available to adapt on specific types.

In current discussions, we see people requesting to use other storage formats for patchsets (see discussion on 'Re: patch-log sizes') or use it with other file types. E.g. XML- or SGML-files (see discussion on 'Re: arch and bookmark maintenance'). For XML- or SGML-files a diff tool supporting automatic conflict resolution considering the XML/SGML syntax and eventually even the DTD would be useful.

In extreme arch could be used for version management of OpenOffice-files, while are zipped XML-files.

Knowing OpenOffice's storage format and DTD structure by having OO-plug-ins, arch could create patch sets from the diff's generated from OO files. Eventually this would lead to a very interesting method for collaborative work on office documents and on change tracking.

Likely it would not work with current OO-files very well, but could arch as background infrastructure potentially provide change tracking and collaborative document work into such environments?

Let's hear your opinions.


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