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RE: CVS on Binaries, and not...

From: Arthur Barrett
Subject: RE: CVS on Binaries, and not...
Date: Mon, 8 Jan 2007 10:20:31 +1100


> How CVS really behaves with binary files...? Can it manage them...? I

Larry wrote that this is NOT what CVS was designed to do so it doesn't
do it very well....

The CVSNT project (GPL/free, runs on Linux, Unix and Windows) split from
the CVS base code many years ago and "better support for binary files"
is certainly a goal.  Whether we've achieved it I'll leave it up to you
to decide.

The latest testing release (2.5.04) also goes a long way to reducing the
network traffic that binary files can generate by using MD5 checksums
more often (the basic CVS protocol sends a lot of diffs - which for a
binary file usually means the whole thing).  Other features that you may
find useful are "store single version" and "exclusive (reserved) edit".

> Another question that may be 'evading' from CVS use...  

Use of a good GUI should solve this.  TortoiseCVS is good on windows.
CVSNT 2.5.04 testing release also contains "CVSNT Manager" a good GUI
for MS Windows that allows servers to be automatically discovered and
browsed and a single file to be dragged from the server to a client

Hope all that is of some help!


Arthur Barrett

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