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Subversion for graduation thesis / documents

 
Mike Himstead
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Hi,

I will start to write my graduation thesis very soon, most probably I'll have to write it at home and at my own laptop. I was thinking about Subversion as a tool to keep both versions consistent, I do know that a version control can't highlight changes in pictures or binary documents and that kind of stuff, I'm more interested in administrating file versions.

Has anyone ever done so? I'd like to know if this is practical and secure regarding data loss (because of possible Subversion bugs, data will be backed up via USB stick anyway). Files to be administrated will be mostly pictures, OpenOffice documents and maybe some presentations.
 
Jeroen T Wenting
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good idea. If I'd had access to a system like that when I was doing my graduation work I'd have used it.
As it is the only thing I had access to was a box of floppy disks.
 
Ilja Preuss
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I'm currently working on both the slides of a tutorial and a book idea. I keep all the files in subversion, even though I don't even work distributed - simply being able to go back to an earlier version gives me a warm feeling.

As an aside, I would highly recommend *not* using any office product. In my humble opinion, there is nothing that works better than LaTeX for this kind of work. (One of the effects of using LaTeX is that the text files are *not* binary, and therefore diffing and merging works like it should.)
 
Mike Himstead
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The merging with Latex is definately a pro, it's just that I had to learn Latex right now and I'm familiar with OpenOffice already.
 
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I think that is a great idea.

If you save in open office format, it is XML. So you'll still get some file comparison.
 
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