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Re: svn usability questions

From: Ben Collins-Sussman <sussman_at_collab.net>
Date: 2002-07-01 20:36:46 CEST

Garrett Rooney <rooneg@electricjellyfish.net> writes:

> On Mon, Jul 01, 2002 at 01:22:03PM -0500, Beachey, Kendric wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > This is probably not really suited for the dev list, but this seemed closest
> > to a "user community" list among the options I found on
> > subversion.tigris.org.
> >
> > My group is currently using cvs to manage the files in our website, and I
> > would like to move us to svn when it hits 1.0. A good number of our guys do
> > all their editing on Macs running Dreamweaver, and I've got them using a
> > separate program to work with cvs. Will such a client program be necessary
> > with svn, or will the fact that Dreamweaver supports WebDAV mean that it is
> > a non-issue?
> in the future (i.e. subversion 2.0 or so) you will be able to access a
> subversion repository with any WebDAV client that supports DeltaV.
> for 1.0, we are only implementing the portions of WebDAV that we
> actually use, so you will have to use a subversion client.

Actually, the Mac OS X built-in webDAV feature is non-deltaV. That
means it doesn't know anything about 'activities' and such. (This is
also true of the Win32 DAV feature.)

What does this mean? It means you can mount the subversion repository
as a regular network folder on either operating system... but it will
appear read-only. :-(

But as we've discussed previously -- my understanding is that it would
be reasonably "low hanging fruit" to implement backward compatibility.
The DeltaV spec allows for an "auto-versioning" feature, whereby an
older non-deltaV client does an ignorant PUT to a server, and the
server automatically translates this into a {MKACTIVITY, CHECKOUT,
PUT, MERGE} sequence (with a generic auto-generated log message).

If we got this feature working, then Mac and Win32 users could do
commits by simple drag-n-drops into the network drive. I would *love*
this... it's just a matter of whether someone volunteers to get it
done by 1.0. I fear the Collabnet folk won't have time to do it.
Anyone else want to? :-)

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