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Re: mod_dav_svn WC auto-update ... bug?

From: Ben Collins-Sussman <sussman_at_collab.net>
Date: 2005-01-17 20:55:32 CET

On Jan 17, 2005, at 1:39 PM, Dassi, Nasser wrote:
> This is *exactly* what I want to accomplish.

Excellent. This problem is completely unrelated to autoversioning.

For example, I keep my personal website in a private repository on
red-bean.com. I check out a working copy of the website to my local
machine, make edits, then commit. When the commit enters the
repository, a post-commit hook script is automatically run which
executes 'svn update' on ~sussman/public_html/, which is a *different*
working copy. It just happens to be a working that's visible to the

> My first confusion was that a PUT to a "network share" would actually
> update the filesystem target (just like mod_dav/mod_dav_fs) and then --
> as second step -- update the SVN Repository. That, it seems, is not
> the
> case.

The "DAV svn" directive means: "make a DAV share available to the
world, but use a subversion repository as the filesystem." There is
*no* filesystem; the svn repository is just a database that can pose
as an imaginary filesystem to applications.

> Back to your "post-commit hook script"... Where would I accomplish
> this?
> Would I have to compile my own SVN build with extra commands? Or, is
> there an extra Apache module that supports this sort of functionality?

Read chapter 5, "hook scripts". It's a feature of any repository. It
has nothing to do with apache, or dav, or autoversioning. Hook scripts
work over any access method: file:///, svn://, etc.

> Pls keep in mind that the repositories and apache server and working
> copies are *all* on a remote server. I am looking to access them
> solely
> via WebDAV shares.

You want to access *everything* as DAV shares? All the repositories
and all the working copies? Why? That seems a bit strange to me.

> PS: The Apache configs were set to:
> Listen 81
> DocumentRoot "d:\htdocs\webdav\"
> <Location />
> DAV on
> {Auth stuff}
> </Location>

This exports the directory d:\htdocs\webdav as a normal DAV share.
Subversion isn't involved at all. It's just a coincidence that the
directory happens to contain .svn/ folders. Nobody's paying attention
to them.

> AND...
> Listen 81
> DocumentRoot "d:\htdocs\webdav\"
> <Location />
> DAV svn
> SVNPath "d:\repos\1"
> SVNAutoversioning on
> {Auth stuff}
> </Location>

This makes the *repository* available as an autoversioning DAV share.

So both of your configs here look fine to me.

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