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Re: file:// + exclusive locking/external locking - what's right?

From: John P N Pybus <john.pybus_at_zoology.oxford.ac.uk>
Date: 2003-11-05 16:49:04 CET

Ben Collins-Sussman wrote:
> On Wed, 2003-11-05 at 06:32, Files wrote:
>
>
>>file:// is only supposed to be used for testing? Oops. I only use
>>client-server when necessary.
>
>
> Every year or so Karl says this, and I object. :-) There is a far more
> important for file:/// to exist.
>
> Just as with CVS, an single user should be able to create a personal
> repository and keep stuff under version control *without* having
> permission to run a server process. For example, think of a college
> student with no access to anything but her home directory on a
> university unix machine. This use-case is more common than you think.
>

Yes, but in all probability this will be NFS/AFS filestore. You won't
be able to place svn's Berkely DB's on it anyway...

http://www.sleepycat.com/docs/ref/env/remote.html

In most cases students aren't aware of which machine they're accessing
their home filestore locally on and which it's NFS mounted. The only
sensible policy is to not recommend local use of subversion in such an
environment.

Yours,

John

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