SccDiff Function

This function displays (or optionally just checks for) the differences between the current file (on the local disk) and its last checked-in version in the source control system.

SCCRTN SccDiff(
   LPVOID    pvContext,
   HWND      hWnd,
   LPCSTR    lpFileName,
   LONG      fOptions,
   LPCMDOPTS pvOptions
);

pvContext

[in] The source control plug-in context structure.

hWnd

[in] A handle to the IDE window that the source control plug-in can use as a parent for any dialog boxes that it provides.

lpFileName

[in] File name for which the difference is requested.

fOptions

[in] Command flags. See Remarks for details.

pvOptions

[in] Source control plug-in-specific options.

The source control plug-in implementation of this function is expected to return one of the following values:

Value

Description

SCC_OK

The working copy and server version are identical.

SCC_I_FILESDIFFERS

The working copy differs from the version under source control.

SCC_I_RELOADFILE

A file or project needs to be reloaded.

SCC_E_FILENOTCONTROLLED

The file is not under source control.

SCC_E_NOTAUTHORIZED

The user is not allowed to perform this operation.

SCC_E_ACCESSFAILURE

There was a problem accessing the source control system, probably due to network or contention issues. A retry is recommended.

SCC_E_NONSPECIFICERROR

Nonspecific failure; file difference was not obtained.

SCC_E_FILENOTEXIST

The local file was not found.

This function serves two different purposes. By default, it displays a list of changes to a file. The source control plug-in opens its own window, in whatever format it chooses, to display the differences between the user's file on disk and the latest version of the file under source control.

Alternatively, the IDE may simply need to determine whether a file has changed. For example, the IDE may need to determine whether it is safe to check out a file without informing the user. In that case, the IDE passes in the SCC_DIFF_CONTENTS flag. The source control plug-in must check the file on disk, byte by byte, against the source-controlled file and return a value indicating whether the two files are different without displaying anything to the user.

As a performance optimization, the source control plug-in may use an alternative based on a checksum or a timestamp instead of the byte-by-byte comparison called for by SCC_DIFF_CONTENTS: these forms of comparison are obviously faster but less reliable. Not all source control systems may support these alternative comparison methods, and the plug-in may have to fall back to a contents comparison. All source control plug-ins must, at a minimum, support a contents comparison.

NoteNote

The quick difference flags are mutually exclusive. It is valid to pass no flags, but it is not valid to simultaneously pass more than one. SCC_DIFF_QUICK_DIFF, which is a mask that combines all flags, can be used to test, but it should never be passed as a parameter.

fOption

Meaning

SCC_DIFF_IGNORECASE

Case-insensitive comparison (may be used for either quick or visual difference).

SCC_DIFF_IGNORESPACE

Ignores white space (may be used for either quick or visual difference).

SCC_DIFF_QD_CONTENTS

Silently compares the file, byte by byte.

SCC_DIFF_QD_CHECKSUM

Silently compares the file via a checksum when supported. If not supported, falls back to a comparison of contents.

SCC_DIFF_QD_TIME

Silently compares the file via its timestamp when supported. If not supported, falls back to a comparison of contents.

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