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Windows and SVN

From: Edward S. Marshall <esm_at_logic.net>
Date: 2001-12-07 07:26:40 CET


Just wanted to post a quick how-to, in case someone else wants to try doing
this (with my luck, it's already documented somewhere ;-). Basically, I
wanted to make Windows 2000 do what it's supposed to, which is properly
browse an SVN repository via windows explorer.

The documentation at this website gave me everything I needed:


The folder to specify is http://svn.collab.net/repos/svn/ . Works like a
champ for browsing the tree, as long as you follow the instructions for
setting up web folders for ME/2000/XP (explicitly add a network place).
This appears to use the Office 2000 web folders implementation, not the
IE implementation.

Previous attempts were failing, probably because of (I can only assume) a
bug in IE. I was trying to go into IE, select File|Open, and open up
http://svn.collab.net/repos/svn/ (as a web folder). The problem I ran into
was that IE was only passing "OPTIONS /repos HTTP/1.0" instead of the full
URL, which obviously breaks (by the way, thanks for making the access_log
available on svn.collab.net so this kind of thing is relatively easy to
test ;-).

I got the same result using a webpage with the following in it to link into
the repository:

        <A folder="http://svn.collab.net/repos/svn/">

I tried this on my better half's machine (who is still running IE 5.5) and
was able to reproduce the behavior there as well. Am I missing something
obvious, or is this yet-another-IE-bug?

Edward S. Marshall <esm_at_logic.net>                        http://esm.logic.net/
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