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Re: Mac WebDAV clients and 'hidden' resource fork files

From: B. W. Fitzpatrick <fitz_at_red-bean.com>
Date: 2003-09-24 02:51:05 CEST

Jack Repenning <jrepenning@collab.net> writes:
> At 3:01 PM -0600 9/23/03, Kerry Todyruik wrote:
> >Some WebDAV servers on Macs send two files to the server through WebDAV.
> >One is the actual file (ie. 'test.txt') and another is a hidden
> >"resource fork" file (ie. '._test.txt').
> >
> >One example is the Goliath WebDAV client. Here's a link from the Goliath
> >site explaining this
> >http://www.webdav.org/goliath/help0.9/chaps/rezforks.htm
> >
> >This seems tolerable when using standard WebDAV like Apache mod_dav_fs,
> >but looks to me like a messy problem when using a Mac WebDAV client with
> >Subversion.
> >
> >Has anyone else encountered this? Is it as much of an issue as it feels
> >to me at this point? Is there a straightfoward way to configure
> >Subversion to ignore these Apple resource fork files and not commit
> >them?
> Why would you want to do that? Sounds like SVN would version the
> resource forks just fine, a very cool thing. Only other Goliath
> users would be able to reconstitute the full file (well, except my
> fingers already itch to create a script to "mv ._foo foo/rsrc"
> wherever occurring ...), but managing the resforks at all is a huge
> win!

Actually, the Finder handles resource forks like this as well when
dealing with DAV shares, so, assuming you're using svn with
Autoversioning, you'd be fine to access using Finder as well.

************************* WARNING ******************************
Because of the way Finder does things on DAV shares, every operation you
do in Finder will result in from 5 to 10 commits to your autoversioned
repository. Do a few commits and then run 'svn log' on your repository
and find out. You might not like it--it's pretty darned inefficient.
************************* WARNING ******************************


Brian W. Fitzpatrick    <fitz_at_red-bean.com>   http://www.red-bean.com/fitz/
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