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Re: [Subclipse-dev] Submitting Subclipse as project to Eclipse.org

From: Thomas Hallgren <thomas_at_tada.se>
Date: 2006-07-06 13:39:05 CEST

Alexander Kitaev wrote:
> Hello Thomas,
>
>> OK, so you have a solution where the server is more or less
>> embedded in the client. But since Subversion is so nicely
>> layered, wouldn't it be simple to just require a server
>> installation for the cases where you want to support local
>> access? Seems odd to me that a pure client cannot be
>> implemented although a lot of effort has gone into making the
>> whole thing client/server and layered.
> Initially JavaSVN didn't included direct fsfs repository access support and
> users were suggested to install server (svnserve) or use svn+ssh to access
> repository on the local computer. However, there are applications other then
> Subclipse that interact with Subversion repositories and it is much more
> usable for those applications to access repository directly. Also direct
> access could be faster comparing to access through the server.
>
I'm sure there are reasons for direct local access and apparently there are good solutions
that deal with it. What surprises me is that there is no pure client and that the local
access aspect apparently prevents the creation of one. If I had a choice between a pure
client, perhaps not all that optimal for local access and the drawbacks of multiple native
libraries, I'd choose the former anytime. That is probably true for the majority of users
who never use the "file" protocol. Now there is no such choice unless you're happy with GPL
or paying for it.

> I agree with you that from the end-user point of view "file" protocol
> support is not really important, but for some projects it could be critical.

I'm not arguing the importance of the protocol as such. I'm just saying that it would be
reasonable to install server functionality should you need it. A pure client that discovers
that no server is present locally could simply refuse to serve requests using the "file"
protocol. If a server was found, perhaps it could connect to it using a more optimal protocol?

> Also it opens a way to pure Java Subversion server implementation.
>
That would be cool or course but to me, a pure Java (EPL or BSD licensed) client is far more
important.

Regards,
Thomas Hallgren

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