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ClearCase and text files with long lines of text

Note 2 myself just in case I’ll stumble into this again:

I’ve tried to add a javascript file (jquery-1.3.2.min.js) to clearcase, and got the following response:

jquery-1.3.2.min.js is not a 'text file': it contains a line exceeding 8000 bytes. Use a different type manager (such as compressed file).
Type manager "text_file_delta" failed create_version operation.

Huh? Anyway, this can be solved by

$ cleartool chtype -nc compressed_file jquery-1.3.2.min.js

Change version manager and reconstruct all version for "jquery-1.3.2.min.js"? [no] y
Changed type of element "jquery-1.3.2.min.js" to "compressed_file".

Afterwards, the file can be checked in without problems.

ZGRViewer, a GraphViz/DOT Viewer

Description from the homepage: “ZGRViewer is a 2.5D graph visualizer implemented in Java and based upon the Zoomable Visual Transformation Machine. It is specifically aimed at displaying graphs expressed using the DOT language from AT&T GraphViz and processed by programs dot, neato or others such as twopi.”

Occasionally I have to deal with large graphs for some recursive automatons in the context of a dynamic programming algorithm. My automaton class is able to return a dot-style representation which describes the finite automaton, and it turns out that ZGRViewer excels in handling such large graphs by providing smooth zooming and easy navigation in the visualized graph. I found that because of the use of SVG it is much less memory consuming than, say, converting it to PNG bitmap graphics.

Here is a screenshot of ZGRViewer showing my DOT file opened with neato. Visit the ZGRViewer homepage for more screenshots and videos.

Include EPS files in LaTeX

Recently I wanted to include a directed graph in a LaTeX document. I was running dot on the graph file

$ dot -Tps2 > nfa.eps

to receive the EPS file which I wanted to include in LaTeX. Running TeXShop with pdflatex for typesetting on a file containing


however returns the error

! LaTeX Error: Unknown graphics extension: .eps.

This can be resolved by adding


which allows to convert eps images to pdf for use with pdflatex. This works perfect. 😎