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Re: [Gnu-arch-users] Ruminations on Arch Desiderata

From: Paul Snively
Subject: Re: [Gnu-arch-users] Ruminations on Arch Desiderata
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2003 07:15:08 -0700

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Hi Stephen!

On Tuesday, September 16, 2003, at 11:18  PM, Stephen J. Turnbull wrote:

Oh, that comment, plus your remark to Tom about "binary files" makes
things clearer.  I didn't realize you didn't intend to actually do any
revision control manipulations (diff/patch/merge) on these files, just
store them in an arch archive.  In that case, just look in the vu
module of hackerlab, and maybe the pfs-* files of tla/libarch.
Wrapping your favorite libAppleSingle in the vu API should be
straightforward, and accomplish that.

I still find it hard to believe that ... is that what you meant?

I know it seems counterintuitive, but as Tom quite rightly pointed out, manipulating these files wouldn't make any sense. On the CVS side, where you have no choice but to make the distinction between text files and binary files anyway, the CVS clients that use AppleSingle just declare them binary and are done with it. The upshot is that what happens when you update your project comes down to deciding whether to overwrite your binary files with whatever's newer in the repository or not. In practice, this burden isn't onerous--so little so that I have MacCVSPro configured to always overwrite binary files with newer repository content.

So there's a vu API supported by the various pfs-* implementations, eh? That's very helpful--thanks!

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