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Re: Re: General--Mathematica and Subversion

I thought Workbench was designed to work with Subversion, rather than
replace it??

On 9/20/06, jmt <jmt at> wrote:
> On Tuesday 19 September 2006 11:45, you wrote:
> > Hi!
> >
> > I want to use Subversion ( to organize my
> > Mathematica programs.
> >
> > I experienced, that the structure saved in the Mathematica notebooks
> > (Cell[...], etc) does not work well with a version control system.
> >
> > Is there an alternative to the standard Mathematica .nb file?
> >
> >
> > TIA
> > michael
> Using a version control tool for notebooks is not so difficult : the real
> trouble comes from the notebook cache and eventually the graphics.
> When CVS was the only available tool for version control, a solution had been
> developped by Tim Wichmann :
> His perl script stripped out irrelevant data, and I used it with version 5.0
> without noticing errors - but that does not mean the whole process is error
> free !
> When it comes to subversion, using subversion does not lead to any trouble at
> all : subversion does not have CVS limitations like needing files with end of
> line characters, and stores any file as a stream of bytes (and supposes you
> have a reasonable modern hard drive, with reasonable free space for a
> multimedia era). The difficulty arises when you want to perform 'diff'
> because then the cache is involved.
> The Wolfram team is now developping a dedicated tool :
> which provides version control. If I had no versioning tool already running
> (subversion) I for sure would give it a try.
> jmt


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