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Re: Supporting non-XML-safe pathnames

From: Ben Collins-Sussman <sussman_at_collab.net>
Date: 2004-11-25 14:19:53 CET

On Nov 25, 2004, at 3:59 AM, Ben Sewell wrote:

> For example, a repository which must work with Windows-y file
> systems would ban symlinks

Just an aside here: you're the 2nd person to mistakenly assume that
the repository is actually storing symlinks. When an svn 1.1 client
puts a symlink under version control, it actually 'de-translates' it
into a file, and stores the file in the repository. During a checkout
or update, a different client would receive the file and 'translate' it
back into a symlink, IFF ./configure has detected HAS_SYMLINK. So it's
the client -- not the server -- that determines whether its host OS can
create symlinks or not. If not, you just end up with a funny-looking
file in your working copy. That's what win32 people currently see.

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