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Re: Re: [BUG] WebDAV doesn't work in Word

From: Max Bowsher <maxb_at_ukf.net>
Date: 2005-09-09 19:17:47 CEST

nick vajberg wrote:
> --- Marc Haisenko <haisenko@webport.de> wrote:
>> On Friday 09 September 2005 17:45, nick vajberg
>> wrote:
>>> + <para>Note that the Office WebDAV locking
>>> implementation is useless for offline users.</para>

>> Well, it seems to be a serious problem for you or
>> your boss, but to everyone
>> else that sentence is about the same as "Note that a
>> lung is useless when no
>> air is present."

> That makes no sense.
>
> First of all, a lung is _extremely_ useful when no air
> is present. Anybody practising free diving knows that.

Quibbling over metaphors gets us nowhere.

> Second, locking doesn't imply the need for beeing
> online.

Neither does it imply the inverse, though.

> I don't believe we're the only oft-offline
> Office/Subversion users around.
>
> I realize this is mainly an Office problem, but the
> doc is boasting about the beauty of the
> Office/Subversion combo and should at least make a
> remark about this problem.

The use of the word "boasting" here is both extremely inaccurate, and
unneccesarily inflammatory.

Also, there is really nothing Office-specific, or Subversion-specific
involved here. For *any* application which supports WebDAV shares only by
treating them as network drives, there is no way to incorporate persistent
locking. It it impossible to distinguish 'close-file-and-retain-lock', and
'close-file-and-release-lock' at a simple filesystem level. The only way to
support persistent locking is by providing an enhanced client UI, which has
a notion of explicit user 'lock' and 'unlock' operations, as well as 'open',
'read', 'write', 'close'.

Max.

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