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Re: working copy storage for RA properties

From: Karl Fogel <kfogel_at_galois.collab.net>
Date: 2000-12-04 15:40:29 CET

Actually, I think we decided (and with good reason) that even
Subversion-specific properties would be stored alongside regular
properties, just under their own namespace prefix, or using some other
perfectly reliable ownership mechanism. So Greg, your ra properties
would have names like "svn_ra_*", or something similar.

It's true that if someone corrupts these properties, then the working
copy could become broken as far as repository communications goes.
But this is always true of any working copy adm data: if you change
things without understanding what you're changing, then you should
expect things to go wrong.

The danger is not very great, because SVN clients can easily protect
users from modifying Subversion's private properties, either by
entirely disallowing setting them, or by requiring a --force flag to
set them. Any client can recognize an SVN property by inspecting the
property's name (and we'll provide a library function for that too, of

So I think the best thing would just be to use the regular property
interface. (I can't remember if this is complete yet, but you get the
idea: if it's not ready and you need it now, then we'll make it

How does that plan sound?


Ben Collins-Sussman <sussman@newton.collab.net> writes:
> Greg Stein <gstein@lyra.org> writes:
> > I'd like to propose that a hashdump file is created where RA libraries can
> > store properties. There are a couple properties that I'd like to store.
> >
> Other than defining these new objects within SVN/, there's nothing
> Karl and I need to here, right? I mean, you'll be reponsible for
> managing these "ra" props?
> If so, sounds like a good idea to me.
> I assume there's no need for "working" versus "pristine" ra-props.
> Still, though, Karl's function for accessing administrative areas
> assumes that SVN/tmp/ra-dir-props and SVN/tmp/ra-props/ still exist:
> /* Return a path to something in PATH's administrative area.
> * Return path to the thing in the tmp area if TMP is non-zero.
> * Varargs are (const char *)'s, the final one must be NULL.
> */
> svn_string_t * svn_wc__adm_path (svn_string_t *path,
> svn_boolean_t tmp,
> apr_pool_t *pool,
> ...);
> I'm kinda curious -- what sort of props does RA need to track? :)
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