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From: glen herrmannsfeldt <g...@ugcs.caltech.edu>
Date: Tue, 5 Oct 2010 05:12:18 +0000 (UTC)
Local: Tues, Oct 5 2010 1:12 am
Subject: Re: An interesting way of keeping track of versions
analys...@hotmail.com <analys...@hotmail.com> wrote:(snip)
> On Oct 4, 8:41 pm, dpb <n...@non.net> wrote:
>> analys...@hotmail.com wrote:
>> > ... and as long as the output and source (as a diff
>> > against a base version) are printed out permanently together, you have
>> > a track of what you did effortlessly.
> everybody seems determined to miss the point.If your changes work such that differences to a base version are
> Yes there are source code control systems.
> yes you can write a version number into images of your source.
> But version of program output are separate objects from versions of
> the source code - the room for human error comes in when you somehow
> forget how you produced one version of the output. The proposed
> method ties program output to source-code automatically and briefly -
> in many case, the source-code diff output would only be a few lines
> which would be difficult to recover otherise if you have been
> tinkering a lot.
all you need, and small enough, then yes. Though you can do better
than that. With make you could automate the diff, then generate
Fortran source containing the program text as literal constants.
Then the diff lines would be compiled in, and stay right even if
you changed the source, or copied the executable to another computer.
> The only human effort comes in to use the diff output to convert theIf you have N different versions, then there are N*(N-1)/2
> base source-version into the one you want - but you have the program
> output to help make sure that the job is done correctly.
possible diff outputs. CVS and SVN will generate those for you
with a very simple command, given the version numbers.
Also, with one command they will give you the source files as
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