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[PATCH] WebDAV/WebFolders issue in WinXP; vss2svn plug

From: Toby Johnson <toby_at_etjohnson.us>
Date: 2004-07-06 06:49:43 CEST

This is a re-submit, although it seems I didn't follow correct email
convention when I sent the first time. Please let me know if these
should be two separate patches.

The first change is in reply to Ben's request on the users@ list for a
blurb regarding my thread on the WebDAV-WebFolders problem in WinXP
Explorer. The second change is a plug for my VSS2SVN converter in the
appropriate third-party tools section. Log message follows:

[[[
Appendix C:
 - Add more info about the Windows XP WebFolders shortcut bug and a
suggested workaround

Appendix D:
 - Fix comment on Section 1 to correct title
 - Add reference to vss2svn.tigris.org under "Repository Converters"
]]]

Index: doc/book/book/appc.xml
===================================================================
--- doc/book/book/appc.xml (revision 10118)
+++ doc/book/book/appc.xml (working copy)
@@ -495,15 +495,28 @@
       <itemizedlist>
 
         <listitem>
- <para>If the computer is a member of an NT Domain, then it
- seems to be unable to connect to the WebDAV share. It
- repeatedly asks for a name and password, even when the
+ <para>If a Windows XP computer is a member of an NT Domain,
+ then it seems to be unable to connect to the WebDAV share.
+ It repeatedly asks for a name and password, even when the
             Apache server isn't issuing an authentication challenge!
- Some have speculated that this might happen because
- WebFolders is specifically designed to operate against
- Microsoft's SharePoint DAV server. If the machine isn't
- part of an NT Domain, then the share is mounted without a
- problem. This mystery is not yet solved.</para>
+ If the machine isn't part of an NT Domain, then the share
+ is mounted without a problem.</para>
+
+ <para>This problem seems to stem from changes in the way
+ Windows XP creates WebFolder shortcuts (
+ <filename>.lnk</filename> files). It sometimes replaces
+ the URL of the WebDAV share with a Windows
+ <quote>UNC</quote> (Universal Naming Convention) path
+ instead. This causes Explorer to attempt a connection
+ using SMB instead of HTTP.</para>
+
+ <para>A workaround for this problem is to create the
+ <filename>.lnk</filename> shortcut on a Windows 2000
+ computer and then copy this shortcut to the Windows XP
+ computer. It would probably also be possible to
+ <quote>fix</quote> the shortcut using a HEX editor, if
+ one were to reverse-engineer the <filename>.lnk</filename>
+ file format.</para>
         </listitem>
 
         <listitem>
Index: doc/book/book/appd.xml
===================================================================
--- doc/book/book/appd.xml (revision 10118)
+++ doc/book/book/appd.xml (working copy)
@@ -18,7 +18,7 @@
   </simplesect>
 
   <!--
******************************************************************* -->
- <!-- *** SECTION 1: REPOSITORY CONVERTERS
*** -->
+ <!-- *** SECTION 1: CLIENTS AND PLUGINS
*** -->
   <!--
******************************************************************* -->
   <sect1 id="svn-ap-d-sect-1">
     <title>Clients and Plugins</title>
@@ -165,6 +165,12 @@
       </varlistentry>
 
       <varlistentry>
+ <term>vss2svn (<systemitem
+ class="url">http://vss2svn.tigris.org/</systemitem>)</term>
+ <listitem><para>Microsoft SourceSafe to Subversion
conversion</para></listitem>
+ </varlistentry>
+
+ <varlistentry>
         <term>Subversion VCP Plugin (<systemitem
           
class="url">http://svn.clkao.org/revml/branches/svn-perl/</systemitem>)</term>
         <listitem><para>VCP plugin for CVS-to-Subversion</para></listitem>

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