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Re: Fixing issue 644

From: Philip Martin <philip_at_codematters.co.uk>
Date: 2002-04-18 17:12:31 CEST

Greg Stein <gstein@lyra.org> writes:

> On Wed, Apr 17, 2002 at 11:34:50PM +0100, Philip Martin wrote:
> >...
> > There doesn't appear to be a way to detect the conflict on the server
> > since in dav_svn_open_stream() in mod_dav_svn/repos.c there doesn't
> > appear to be a way to distinguish updates from creates. Without
> > wishing to spend hours reading WebDAV specs, am I missing something?
> The code already detects the difference. It tries to apply a text delta, but
> that could fail cuz the file isn't there. So it creates it, then applies a
> text delta again.

Perhaps I wasn't clear, yes the code detects whether it *needs* to
create the file, but it doesn't detect whether it was *asked* to
create the file.

> I think the point is that you're saying that the protocol needs to be able
> to say "don't overwrite". Correct?

Yes, that's another way of putting it. On the the second add, which
should conflict, the code currently finds the file and overwrites it.

> > Assuming it is hard for the server to do this, I was thinking of
> > getting the client to call svn_ra_dav__get_props_resource on the path
> > to be added, and detecting the conflict by the fact that the function
> > doesn't fail. Does this sound like the right solution?
> No, I don't think so. That would imply a PROPFIND roundtrip for every PUT
> operation. Ick.

Well, not every put operation. Only for files that are added, not
those that are updated, and even then it is not necessary to do the
check if the parent directory is being added in the same commit, since
then the file cannot already exist (MKCOL already detects the conflict
if one tries to add a directory that already exists). But yes, it
does imply some round trips.

> I believe that we can use an If: header or an If-<something> header
> associated with the PUT to say something along the lines of, "If nothing is
> there" or "Only if revision FOO is there".
> Normally, when we do a PUT, we send a diff with a base for the diff delta.
> That could be half of the verification: that the target we're PUTting
> against is actually what is described in the delta. Hmm. But that isn't
> quite right. We might want to PUT a file to location FOO, but describe that
> file as a delta against BAR.
> Ah well. An If header seems the right approach. In HTTP / WebDAV terms, If
> headers are assertions about the state of the resource specified by the
> Request-URI. In our case, we want to assert the file is or is not present.
> More thinking seems necessary...

Eek! Looks like I might have to read more about WebDAV after all :-(

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