On Wed, Jul 16, 2014 at 6:34 AM, K.V. Lakshmi <lakshmiau...@gmail.com> wrote:
> I have created a project folder that has various word/text files, excel/.xml
> files, and presentations in my local system. I have intialized, staged and
> committed all the files of the folder in GIT. As an exercise, to get
> familiarised with GIT, I have modified one of the word document, staged and
> committed successfully. It got saved as a new version.
> Now, if I try to retrieve back the original word document, what should I do?
> I am able view the document in GIT file viewer, but unable to open the .docx
> Is there any provision to download the older file link from GIT older
> I am having one more querry, the GIT will show the difference between
> previous and current word/text document. But its not doing the same for
> excel/.xls file.
> Please, try to answer me in this regard.
Expanding somewhat on what Magnus said: git can save Microsoft Office
files just fine. However, the "differences" reported by git are
determined using a program (diff?) which is oriented towards plain
ASCII text files. Microsoft Office files are _not_ plain text. The
.doc, docx, xls, and .xlsx files are like zip files in that they are
compressed and contain "sub files". Kind of like how a .zip file is
compressed and contains other files. Bottom like, the "diff" process
in git is not designed to find differences in compressed files which
Off topic for git: You can have MS Word track changes internally by
enabling the "track changes". In MS-Word 2007 (what I have installed),
this is done by clicking on "Review" on the toolbar at the top, then
clicking on "Track Changes", or do a <shift><control>e. I don't of if
Excel has anything like this or not.
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