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Re: [MiNT] Editor idea

on 3/19/08 12:41 PM, p.slegg@scubadivers.co.uk wrote:

> I have had an idea for an enhancement to an editor that might be
> useful. Maybe there is an editor that does this all ready, it's not
> a new idea but might be simple to implement.
> What I thought was this.
> 1. User opens a file for editing with the editor in "version control mode".
> 2. File is edited.
> 3. When the user tries to save the file the Editor looks for a folder called
>    "orig" and creates it if necessary.
> 4. Editor looks in orig for a copy of the file being edited.
> 5. If the file does not exist then the original file is moved into the orig
>    folder so that the amended file does not overwrite it.
> 6. New version of file is saved.
> By doing this, the original source code would be kept while the user does
> many edits on a file.
> Would this have an affect on using "make" ? Would it try to "make" everything
> in
> the orig folder ? If so, could the folder be hidden ?  (.orig ?)
> The next obvious step would be to get the editor to "diff" the original and
> the edited file to highlight where lines have been inserted and deleted. It
> could allow the user to quickly compare their changes to the original and
> even allow the user to rollback individual line changes.

This is the purpose of CVS.  You can use any old editor you like, the trick
is you must submit versions to CVS that you might wish to roll back or diff.

I don't know of an editor that does this.  Although I think QED has an
option at least to rename the old version *.bak when you go to save a file
of the same name/path.

Lonny Pursell    http://www.bright.net/~gfabasic/