Text-based save file format

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mfloyd
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Re: Text-based save file format

Postby mfloyd » 14 Jul 2015, 20:52

I agree that a text-based file save format would be very useful. I have wanted it for reasons already stated: better use with version control tools, checking what changed between files, etc.
I had a thought recently though, that perhaps a diff/merge tool could be made that works with the binary files. Maybe such a tool could read the parameters of the binary files and display the parameters that changed between them. This would be useful if a text based file format isn't feasible, or couldn't be ready as quickly as the diff tool would be. I imagine it would also be useful for comparing the files that are already saved in the current file format even if a textual file save format is made later. It could also be written such that the binary files still always remain consistent when saved, which was one of the concerns about a textual file format.
I realize that creating such a tool might actually be more work than changing the file save format, but thought I'd add the suggestion since it would at least partially address some of the issues that motivate the need for a textual file save format.

coppelia
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Re: Text-based save file format

Postby coppelia » 15 Jul 2015, 13:11

A binary diff/merge tool can only work on the V-REP binary files, if you disable compression. You can do this in the system/usrset.txt file: set compressFiles to false.

Cheers

mdam
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Joined: 09 Oct 2014, 21:34

Re: Text-based save file format

Postby mdam » 21 Oct 2016, 08:25

Does the newer versions of V-REP have the text-based save file format? I saw in this format that Coppelia started the implementation last year. I was wondering where to get started and which ones are the configuration text files. Thanks in advance.

coppelia
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Re: Text-based save file format

Postby coppelia » 24 Oct 2016, 08:34

Hello,

this is unfortunately not yet supported, we started development but put this on hold for a while (the task is not as straightforward as expected, and priorities change from time to time). But we recognize that this will eventually be needed.

Cheers

Justus
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Joined: 24 Jan 2017, 07:37

Re: Text-based save file format

Postby Justus » 08 Apr 2017, 08:00

Hi,
Just a little bump ("upvote") for this feature, it would be a great help during development!
regards,
Justus


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