On Fri, 15 Apr 2005, David Woodhouse wrote:
given piece of content. Also because we actually have the developer's attention at commit time, and we can get _real_ answers from the user about what she was doing, instead of having to guess.
Yes, but it's still hard to get *accurate* information. And developers tend to use very short commit messages already...
But if it can be done cheaply enough at a later date even though we end up repeating ourselves, and if it can be done _well_ enough that we shouldn't have just asked the user in the first place, then yes, OK I agree.
I think examining the rsync algorithms should convince you that finding common chunks can be fairly efficient. (See my next message for a more concrete proposal.)
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