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Re: [Gnu-arch-users] Binary files in archives

From: John Arbash Meinel
Subject: Re: [Gnu-arch-users] Binary files in archives
Date: Tue, 05 Apr 2005 00:35:45 -0500
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Попков Александр wrote:

Hello GNU ARCH users!

I am wanted to add some MS Office documents
into ARCH archive, and it updated so often. After every
source update, developer must represent changes in

But in schema:

One project <=> some developers

Binary files would cause conflicts every time?!
Which workaround you may advice to me?

Thanks in advance!

Unfortunately that is the problem with binary formats. You cannot
extract the changes from the file.

I can think of a couple possibilities.

Save the files as .rtf files. These are formatted text, which should
mean that diff can extract changes. However, as the format might be
involved, I don't know if a fuzzy patch will work without breaking the file.

WBR, Alexander Popkov.

My real recommendation is to use something better than .doc files. Such
as reStructuredText.
Also, if they did their commits with appropriate summaries, you can use
a Changelog instead. "tla logs -s" should provide a good start, but tla
also supports automatically maintaining a changelog file. You just need
the tag to start with "automatic-Changelog"


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