[OS X TeX] Re: Version control of documents in TeXShop
andrew at kurtz.ws
Thu Aug 11 23:01:33 EDT 2005
Thanks for all the suggestions.
I've used iTeXMac before, but have run into issues with it so I prefer
TeXShop. I downloaded the latest version and after a quick look did not see
any version control support.
I did not know that TexShop could create a backup file since the option is
not in the preferences GUI. I found that it was a hidden feature by
searching the help. I think having hidden features are bad ideas. But, now
that I have it turned on it should be helpful.
In response to questions of why I would want such a feature... I worry
about accidentally deleting something and not noticing it before I save (a
backup will help with that). I also would like to be able to retrieve old
versions for situations where I change something and then my committee
changes their mind and wants the old version back (or I just change my mind
later). For a document that I'm spending 6-8 months writing it would be
nice to be able to see the changes over time. (If you haven't guessed by
now, I'm a PhD student).
I could maintain manual versions, but I was hoping for a more automated way
of doing it. As I was writing this I had the idea of creating a folder
action so when the file is saved a copy it placed somewhere else. That
would end up creating a lot of files, but it would maintain an accurate
trail of changes and would be completely automated. The idea of doing
manual CVS (or Subversion) is also a good idea.
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