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RE: Another WebDAV+Autoversioning question...

From: Dassi, Nasser <NDassi_at_141xm.com>
Date: 2005-01-13 15:02:29 CET

Hello again... Another day, another question :o)

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3. When it comes to writing to the share, files need to be "dragged" to the share, rather than opened directly from the share. Appendix C in the book explains this, and discusses some workarounds. When svn 1.2 is released, the autoversioning feature will no longer have such a limitation, since we'll have real locking.
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A) Is SVN 1.2 in the works? Is it a pre-Summer 2004 or later release?

B) I guess "comes to writing" to "share" are confusing ways of being non-technical. Here are a pair of scenarios and I am uncertain which one requires the "workaroud":

B-1) I edit a file that already exists when I browse the repo via Apache/mod_dav_svn... Upon saving, will it save properly or do I have to drag-and-drop with "workaround"?

B-2) I wish to add brand-new files to the repo via Apache/mod_dav_svn... Upon clicking "save" in my editor, will it save properly or do I have to use the "workaround"?

C) By "share" you mean "web-accessible repository"?

Pls clarify. After a certain point, the words start to confuse me :o)

Thank you ahead of time!

Nasser Dassi
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-----Original Message-----
From: Ben Collins-Sussman [mailto:sussman@collab.net]
Sent: Wednesday, January 12, 2005 11:00 PM
To: Alan Knowles
Cc: Håvard Vold; users@subversion.tigris.org; Dassi, Nasser
Subject: Re: Another WebDAV+Autoversioning question...

On Jan 12, 2005, at 7:54 PM, Alan Knowles wrote:

> google for Novell's netdrive or webdrive (cant remember the name) - it
> works perfectly from the tests I've done.
>

Ah, okay, then we're confusing problems here. Let me clarify.

1. There is no problem with apache/subversion/autoversioning. It works identically on every server OS.

2. When it comes to reading the share, most DAV clients work fine against such a server setup: nautilus, KDE, OSX, cadaver, etc.

3. When it comes to writing to the share, files need to be "dragged" to the share, rather than opened directly from the share. Appendix C in the book explains this, and discusses some workarounds. When svn 1.2 is released, the autoversioning feature will no longer have such a limitation, since we'll have real locking.

4. On some versions of Windows -- XP in particular -- the built-in DAV client ("webfolders") often doesn't work against apache all. While most folks have never had problem using Win98 or WinNT/2K "webfolders", it's generally recommended that XP webfolders not be used at all against apache. Even the author of mod_dav recommends other win32 DAVE clients like netdrive or webdrive.

So to answer the original poster's question: "Yes, the server setup you propose works just fine, regardless of the server's OS. But Windows XP's built-in DAV client has stopped being interoperable with apache's mod_dav."

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