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Re: Older versions through http-repository browsing

From: Ben Collins-Sussman <sussman_at_collab.net>
Date: 2005-03-04 17:20:08 CET

On Mar 4, 2005, at 10:04 AM, Peter N. Lundblad wrote:
> Check out the viewcvs syntax, which at least I find more natural.
> Something like
> http://svn.collab.net/viewcvs/svn/trunk/contrib?rev=1490

Peter beat me to the punch.

Any CGI program can browse a repository, and use whatever "nice" syntax
they wish. As you can see above, ViewCVS already uses a syntax nearly
identical to your ideal.

Matthias: you keep saying that the ability to look at an arbitrary
repository object in a browser is some sort of "killer" or "critical"
feature of Subversion. Let me eradicate that idea from your mind:
this is *not* a core feature of Subversion. It's an accidental
artifact of the fact that one of our servers just happens to use HTTP,
and that HTTP GET just _happens_ to grab the latest version of the
file. It's not a designed feature, nor is it a planned one. We don't
go around bragging about it or listing it in any whitepapers. Remember
that half of all svn installations don't even use apache as their

Meanwhile, there are at least two other options for "browsing" a
repository. Either (1) use your commandline client ('svn ls', 'svn
cat', or TortoiseSVN's 'browser'), or (2) install one of many
tried-and-true CGI programs (ViewCVS, WebSVN... heck, there's even a

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