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Re: mod_dav_svn enhancement idea

From: Ben Collins-Sussman <sussman_at_collab.net>
Date: 2005-05-08 05:10:51 CEST

On May 7, 2005, at 9:49 PM, Michael Sinz wrote:
>
> Would something like this be acceptable? Should I make some of the
> fields
> optional? (Why or why not...)
>

People have asked for improvements like this many times in the past,
and our standard answer has been "no, please, don't go there."

WebDAV says that a GET request on a directory is "undefined", meaning
we can do whatever we want. Instead of returning an error or a blank
page, we decided to be a little bit nice and show a directory
listing. Unfortunately, it's a bit of a tease... people constantly
want to add more and more information to the list, more features,
until we ultimately end up duplicating a full-blown repository viewer.

It's a slippery slope that we don't want to go down: there are
already what -- 7 or 8 repository viewers now (including
Insurrection!) -- and there's just no need to build one directly into
mod_dav_svn.

Our standard reply is:

   * please, no more code bloat in mod_dav_svn.

   * go install one of the many repository viewers instead.

It's nothing personal, of course. :-)

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