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Re: URLs

From: Greg Stein <gstein_at_lyra.org>
Date: 2001-02-09 11:24:07 CET

On Thu, Feb 08, 2001 at 10:01:23PM -0600, Ben Collins-Sussman wrote:
> BUT: the situation has given Karl another chance to gripe at the fact
> that repository and fs path aren't split from the get-go, as they are
> in CVS. (This comment is aimed at gstein!)

We talked at length about that. There is no need for a user to know what
part of an HTTP URL refers to the repository and which is within. To the
user, a URL such as http://www.lyra.org/some/path/goes/here/then/a/file.c is
simply a versioned item.

We've been through this before (what was it? an hour on the phone?). I'll
keep talking if you really want to. I'd rather not, though.

[ and I'm awfully stubborn about not separating them; the separation is an
  artifact/legacy of CVS, rather than a necessity ]

> Here's a weird situation: suppose I specify a checkout of
> file:/usr/local/svn/foo/bar/baz/bop
> And suppose that an svn repository (a bunch of berkeley db files)
> lives in /usr/local/svn/. But ALSO suppose that another svn repository
> lives in /usr/local/foo/bar/ ! Which repository should be used?

1) Who says we should be supporting subdirectories from an SVN repository?
   Why isn't that directory considered "owned" by SVN and offlimits to
   monkeying around?

2) Choose one interpretation and state that as the definition. This doesn't
   have to be difficult.

> You might say, "the shorter repos path should be used, rather than the
> deeper one". After all, I *think* that this is what would happen if
> you created a <directory> mapping nested within another <directory>
> mapping into `httpd.conf', no? The higher-up directory mapping would
> always win.

Doesn't matter what the server happens to do. This is a different case, so
the analogue doesn't apply.

> Of course, then, what do you do if you *want* to access the nested
> repository? You can't. But it's not a problem if we separate the two
> paths from the beginning.

It's also not a problem if you disallow it, or if you choose one form
(top-most or bottom-most) as the destination and leave it at that.


Greg Stein, http://www.lyra.org/
Received on Sat Oct 21 14:36:21 2006

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