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Re: Experiences of a Subversion FS backend developer

From: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke_at_gmx.de>
Date: Thu, 01 Apr 2010 21:40:09 +0200

On 01.04.2010 21:30, Greg Stein wrote:
> On Thu, Apr 1, 2010 at 15:12, Jon Trowbridge<trow_at_google.com> wrote:
>> ...
>> WebDAV introduces a huge amount of complexity, but as far as I can
>> tell it buys svn essentially nothing. The design of the protocol
>
> We are able to mount svn repositories on desktops/tools/whatever via
> WebDAV. And when auto-versioning is on, then we have many more clients
> available. In particular, clients that non-engineers may be using.
>
>> ...
>
> But regarding the code? Yeah. Much of that code is nearly as old and
> ugly and brittle as libsvn_wc. (Sigh; I wrote much of it, too)
> ...

Hi Greg,

thanks for the explanations. My take-away is

- it's not really specific to WebDAV per se, but about the granularity
of write requests, and

- there's a problem with the robustness of the implementation.

That doesn't make WebDAV a bad protocol, but it might make this
*specific* use of WebDAV a sub-optimal choice for the specific server
platform.

Best regards, Julian
Received on 2010-04-01 21:40:47 CEST

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