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Re: Request: make the user agent string a define

From: Mark Phippard <MarkP_at_softlanding.com>
Date: 2005-01-09 03:22:06 CET

> Can we just say that many people would like to know (for whatever
> reasons they have, wheter you agree with them or not) with which client
> users connect to the repository and leave it at that?

I am not sure many people have asked for this. It just barely came up on
the TSVN list, and there hasn't even been much follow-up discussion. Also,
in this particular case, the reasons given by the requester do not even
seem very logical. He states that he wants to only support versions of
TSVN that implemenet the bug tracking feature. First off, the easy and
correct way to do it is to parse the log message to see if it contains
valid information. That was the whole point as to why we designed the bug
tracking integration the way we did. Second, the point of the bug tracking
integration was to be a "standard" that all clients could support. We have
already added support for it in Subclipse as an example and hopeully other
clients will follow.

I will agree there could be good uses of this information. The one you
mentioned that made the most sense to me was for a repository administrator
to have an idea of what clients are using the repository. I think that
could be useful in general. For example, if I was about to upgrade my
server to some future version like 2.0, it might be useful to know if I had
some user that was using an ancient version. Or if I am in a corporate
environment and I need to know which clients are being used, TSVN,
Subclipse, RapidSVN etc... so I know which client my IT support staff
should focus on.

The larger point is that without some defined reasons as to why and how
this information would be used, it doesn't make any sense to do anything.
Going back to the original request, suppose you could do what you ask for.
Does that even help? Is the User-Agent string even readily available to a
hook? If not, it wouldn't even solve the problem.


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