[Bf-committers] Re: Bf-committers Digest, Vol 18, Issue 15

Stephen Swaney sswaney at centurytel.net
Sun Jan 8 15:55:28 CET 2006

On Sun, Jan 08, 2006 at 03:13:37PM +0100, Erik Unger wrote:
> > Certainly there are exceptions that
> >handle binary data.
> Subversion uses binary diffs for efficient transfer and storage
> of binary content.
> But there is no visual diff viewer (because it doesn't make
> much sense for generic binary content).

Since the same confusion came up on IRC, I should clarify
that when I said some revision control systems can diff
binary data, I meant being able to do a meaningful diff in
the context of the data.

An example would be being able to see a paragraph has
changed in a word processor file rather than simply seeing
that a range of bytes is different.  A Blender example is being
able to see that Material.001 has been modified.

The very expensive ClearCase is able to do this for certain
application binary files.

Stephen Swaney			
sswaney at centurytel.net

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