Re: tortoiseCVS and FM files

Subject: Re: tortoiseCVS and FM files
From: "Sandy Harris" <sandyinchina -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 1 Feb 2008 11:55:16 +0800

Andrew Warren <awarren -at- synaptics -dot- com> wrote:

> Your team misunderstands CVS.
> CVS is designed for line-based computer source code and NOTHING
> ELSE; it doesn't work for freeform human-language text,

Sure it does. I've used CVS with a large collection of HTML files. It
worked just fine. The big advantage was that because my docs
and some doc-related scripts and makefiles were all in CVS, it
was relatively easy to build docs as part of the release process.

This should work fine with Frame if you store your files in XML
or even MIF.

> and it
> REALLY doesn't work for non-text binary files like Framemaker's.

Correct. Not only is it horribly clumsy for the user, but CVS overheads
go way up. With text files, diff(1) lets you make files that store only
the differences between versions, so you can store 10 versions
as one full document and 9 much smaller diff files. That does
not work for binaries, so you have to store 10 big files.

Subversion was designed for version control of web sites and is
intended to handle versioning of binary files better. It might be
worth a look if you use a lot of graphics in your docs.

Sandy Harris,
Nanjing, China

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