Issue 61599 - Revision-control friendly file format needed
Summary: Revision-control friendly file format needed
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Product: General
Classification: Code
Component: code (show other issues)
Version: OOo 2.0.1
Hardware: PC Linux, all
: P3 Trivial (vote)
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Assignee: AOO issues mailing list
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Keywords: needhelp
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Reported: 2006-02-04 10:35 UTC by hadmut
Modified: 2014-02-19 14:39 UTC (History)
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Description hadmut 2006-02-04 10:35:11 UTC

the openoffice document types are actually a directory tree of several files
(mostly XML), put in a zip archive, thus saving up to 90% of storage space and
keeping things packed together.

However, this format is extremely unfriendly to revision control systems. If I
want to store a document or a presentation into an revision control system such
as CVS or Subversion, the document is treated as a simple binary. If I have a
document with pictures etc. of 8 MByte, and change just a single character in
the text (typo...), this wastes another 8 MByte of storage. It would be
desirable to have a different file-format, which is not that highly compressed,
but better to handle for revision control.

What about this:

Leave it as it is, but allow to not use the ZIP archive, but store it in a real
directory. Allow to store into directories and to read from it.

Comment 1 thorsten.martens 2006-02-08 11:06:29 UTC
TM-requirements: please have a look, thanks !