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Quick-Start Guide (suggestion for)

From: Suresh Govindachar <sgovindachar_at_yahoo.com>
Date: 2004-08-16 23:50:57 CEST

I spent time trying out svn-win32-1.0.6.zip on a Windows
machine. Addressing the following items could help other
new users:

 A) Mention the need to configure.

    - Mention the absence of a .rc file.

    - Mention the hidden side-effects of commands.
      For example, mention that things will be created
      in places such as

      c:/WINDOWS/Application\ Data/Subversion/

      WITHOUT any prompt to see if the user desires a
      DIFFERENT location. (I still have no idea when that
      directory and the stuff in it got created and do not
      like this hidden, non-configurable side-effect.)

    - Point out that things (section headers and values)
      in .INI files need to start in the first column.
      (This came as a total surprise to me.)

 B) Mention the need to configure after the create command.
 
    - Mention that one needs to modify the file
      <repos>/conf/sunserve.conf This is so even though
      the README.txt in <repos> says:

      "... use the 'svnadmin' tool to examine it. Do not
       add, delete, or modify files here unless you know
       how to avoid corrupting the repository."
   
      Now, I could be wrong about having to hand-modify the
      file <repos>/conf/sunserve.conf; if so, mention the
      correct way to do it.

    - The file <repos>/conf/sunserve.conf has the lines:
    
      ### This option controls the location of the password database. This
      ### path may be relative to the conf directory. There is no default.

      - What is the relationship between what is being
        discussed here and what goes in
        c:/WINDOWS/Application\ Data/Subversion/auth?
  
      - Are there options in regard to the format in which
        the path can be specified? If so, what are they?

 C) In regard to the "user" commands such as import.
    
    - Mention that the import command will prompt for the
      user name (and depending on the configuration, the
      password too).
  
    - How come there is no way to specify the username
      and password as command line arguments to the
      command (like, -u <user> -p <password>)?

 D) Mention the system requirement -- especially the
    following from the FAQ:
 
    "To reiterate, a Subversion server can be run on all
     platforms except Win95/Win98/WinMe. The Subversion
     client can be used on any platform where APR runs."
    http://subversion.tigris.org/project_faq.html#portability

    in a PROMINANT place.

It took me several hours to figure out the preceding.

--Suresh

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