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Re: Following externals in a browser

From: Ben Collins-Sussman <sussman_at_collab.net>
Date: 2004-09-03 22:36:27 CEST

On Fri, 2004-09-03 at 15:14, Lee Merrill wrote:
> Hi again,
>
> It would be nice if the browser viewing a Subversion archive could
> see any files linked in via an svn:externals property, and follow those
> links, to view the files under those directories. Could this be a
> feature-type of issue?

It would be a fine feature for ViewCVS/SVN, WebSVN, or any other
dedicated repository browsing tool, but not for mod_dav_svn.

<party_line>
But we drew a line in the sand a long time ago: mod_dav_svn is *not* a
repository browser. It simply lists entries when you do an http GET on
a directory. We did that because it was mildly convenient, not because
we had to. (WebDAV/deltaV doesn't define any specific behavior for a
GET on a directory -- we could have just returned an error!) We're not
going to teach mod_dav_svn to show modtimes, authors, properties, diffs,
externals, or any other fancy metadata. That's exactly why dedicated
repository browsing tools exist, see the 'links' page. We want to keep
mod_dav_svn simple and pure.
</party_line>

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