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Installation [was Re: transaction roots]

From: Tripp Lilley <tlilley_at_perspex.com>
Date: 2001-03-30 05:52:09 CEST

On 29 Mar 2001, Ben Collins-Sussman wrote:

> In the long run, I'd hate to see ra_local relegated to an obsolete
> test harness. I still think setting up Apache/DAV/mod_dav_svn on a
> local box is way too high a barrier to entry for someone who wants to
> create a private repository for personal use... so I predict (I hope?)
> that ra_local will be used just often as it's used in CVS. (But
> that's just an opinion... I'm sure you'll personally write an amazing
> install-script to lower that Apache barrier. ;) )

Just as a side note, I recently installed CVS for the first time (someone
was holding a gun to my head). One of the things that bugged me was the
disconnect between "local", "remote", and "external" access to the repo.

To my admittedly small mind, I'd prefer a system that declared itself as
being "a network app" that happened to work locally through the magic of
the localhost interface or perhaps domain sockets :) As an administrator
and user, it helps me to not have to keep track of the difference. As a
coder / possible contributor, it helps me to not have to think of the "two
houses, both alike in dignity" that need updating...

To that end, I propose that the lowered entry barrier is pretty simple
really: when you build RPMs, BSD ports, etc., you have them include a
stripped down Apache install with mod_dav and mod_dav_svn all configured,
and all set to run on a different port and to use a different set of
directories for config, libraries, etc. In that sense, Apache, mod_dav,
and mod_dav_svn are all just "part of the installation".

Anyone who cares about the fact that you're running "another" copy of
Apache is someone who cares enough to install it themselves by hand, to
their specific liking. Your "weekend warrior" who just wants SVN to manage
a small repo for personal use is likely to be just grabbing the RPM and
going, anyway.

Some of these opinions are worth what you paid me for them :) Others are
pure gold. Which is which? ;)

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   Joy-Loving * Tripp Lilley  *  http://stargate.eheart.sg505.net/~tlilley/
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