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Re: ra_dav defunct? [Re: svn stability problems]

From: Branko Čibej <brane_at_xbc.nu>
Date: 2003-01-17 23:23:34 CET

Greg Stein wrote:

>On Thu, Jan 16, 2003 at 12:28:31AM +0100, Branko Cibej wrote:
>>Brandon Ehle wrote:
>>>ra_svn is working great for us even on large repositories. There's
>>>couple of bugs here & there but on the whole its far more stable than
>>>ra_dav and faster too.
>>This is very bad news. To hear that ra_dav, which is more than two years
>>old, behaves worse than ra_svn, a relative newcomer --- well, it makes
>>one wonder if we didn't make the wrong decision about our initial remote
>>protocol after all. ra_dav has taken up a lot of our time, an it looks
>>like we still haven't even started working on the most basic stability
>Wrong decision? Nah. The ability to use WebDAV against the repository is
>still just as cool as two years ago. Even cooler with the autoversioning
>Problems? Sure. Our code? Apache? Unknown.
>ra_svn had a *ton* of prior experience to work with, and a lot of code to
>leverage. Did it have to revamp its editor usage a few times? Nope. Change
>the reporter interface? Nope. Heck... deal with the introduction of the
>reporter interface? Nah. etc etc. Of course, it also had the benefit of a
>single purpose protocol to radically simplify things. No question there, but
>do I have a Python or Perl library that can talk to svnserve? Nope. To
>mod_dav_svn? Hell ya. And a C library, and a Ruby library, and ...
>Each has their pros and cons. But you really can't compare them simply based
>on their lifetimes. You can certainly compare them on complexity, and I can
>definitely agree that it causes us pain. Worth it? I believe so, yes.
I just knew you'd come down on me like a ton of bricks for this one. :-)

Ah well, I have a right to feeling hopeless once in a while, don't I? I
agree with what you say, but it makes me sad to see that we have so many
performance and stability problems still waiting for us.

Doesn't mean I'll give up, though. :-)

Brane Čibej   <brane_at_xbc.nu>   http://www.xbc.nu/brane/
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