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Re: RFC: a permanent svn-specific URL syntax

From: Ben Collins-Sussman <sussman_at_collab.net>
Date: 2003-05-28 05:17:08 CEST

Daniel Patterson <danpat@adaptiveinternational.com> writes:

> Currently, we use "/repos/!svn/bc/234/<path>", which simply seemd to be
> one that works, it would be nice to have a documnented interface to use.

Careful, that URL format is an mod_dav_svn internal implementation
detail, subject to be changed at any time. In fact, it *has* been
changed in the past, as deltaV allows that. Not wise to rely on it.

> A web interface is a pretty major selling point for SVN here, a reliable
> way to allow browsing through history would be good :)

The problem here is that we don't want to make Subversion into a
complete ViewCVS replacement. ViewCVS already does a really beautiful
job displaying older revisions, log history, and diffs. Pushing
Subversion into that territory reinvents a wheel and becomes extra
feature-bloat we have to support.

So it's a slippery slope: at the moment, many people are frustrated
that Subversion only displays the HEAD revision to ordinary web
browsers. Most of us think it's necessary to add the ability to
browse an arbitrary revision. But I hope we draw the line there.

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