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Re: file:/// access in book ch02

From: Peter N. Lundblad <peter_at_famlundblad.se>
Date: 2005-04-22 11:05:53 CEST

On Fri, 22 Apr 2005, Simon Large wrote:

> Max Bowsher wrote:
> > Max Bowsher wrote:
> >> Simon Large wrote:
> >>> Max Bowsher wrote:
> >>>> Simon Large wrote:
> >>>>> With FSFS this is no longer true, certainly on Windows. You can
> >>>>> specify a UNC path to another machine in the form:
> >>>>>
> >>>>> file:///\servername/sharename/path/to/repos
> >>>>
> >>>> Eek. I'm pretty certain that that is a fluke in the way the code
> >>>> came together, not a deliberate design decision of any kind
> >>>> whatsoever!
> >>>
> >>> Well I asked the question about how to access UNC paths on the list
> >>> (which one - can't remember) and that was the answer that came back.
> >>> No-one contradicted it at the time. What is the official way of
> >>> accessing a UNC share, or are they unsupported?
> >>
> >> I do not know of any official or generally accepted unofficial method
> >> exists
> >> for representing an UNC path in an URL.
> >> Thus, I believe the answer is 'unsupported'.
> >
> > Addendum:
> >
> > I've just googled my way to an official IETF internet draft, proposing
> > file:////servername/path. And, just for contrast, Mozilla currently
> > works with file://///servername/path. So, in summary, there is no
> > standard way to access an UNC path through an URL yet, but if the
> > IETF declares a standard, Subversion will likely support it.
>
maxb, could you give the URL to this draft?

> OK, but does that mean that the file:///\ method may disappear at some
> random time? Some Windows users are already using it. FWIW, TSVN
> (currently) supports file:///\ and file://///, the latter being
> internally converted to the former.

In 1.2, we support file://server/path. I think I wanted to add
file:////server/path, but people objected. See r11584.

Nobody knew about the IETF proposal back then it seems, and no one knows
if it will be standard.

Regards,
//Peter

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