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Re: RimTrac, a PHP Web Based SVN Repository Viewer

From: Jonathan Chum <xanthis_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2005-04-28 15:33:32 CEST

On 4/28/05, Stephane Bortzmeyer <bortzmeyer@nic.fr> wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 27, 2005 at 11:12:36PM -0400,
> Jonathan Chum <xanthis@gmail.com> wrote
> a message of 25 lines which said:
> > the various different web based SVN viewers which were either buggy
> > or didn't look really nice.
> Care to elaborate?

Well, I looked at couple. There are two that I was very interested in.
One was Chora based on the Horde framework, and another was Trac.
Chora is an overall, really nice UI, but it was built for CVS. The SVN
support was buggy on my repository. The revisions number was either
cached for days or weeks at time. TortoiseSVN would be reporting new
commits. Also, it took me 2 days before Chora was installed
correctly. I'd get errors about the language locale was set
incorrectly even though command line, svn worked great. Overall, it
was a difficult product to install/configure only to be dissappointed
by some of the bugs that made it useless to view a live repository.

Trac was the other product I looked into. Downfall was that it was
written in Python and my success with installing any Python based
scripts are very low. I tried installing Trac, and it would scream at
me to install SWIG libraries with Python which I followed the
instructions, but was unsucesful in doing so. Overall, the feature set
are very nice.

> > At the moment, all you can do is view (drill up/down) the
> > directories, view PHP files, and view the revision comments.
> You have a long time to go before you beat ViewCVS, then :-)

You mean ViewSVN? :P I wasn't impressed with ViewSVN. A demo example
can be found here: http://svn.ev-en.org/ I'm not too hip on how it
reported the age in seconds. You could not view commit logs for each
unique file.

One of my goals is to develop a more eye pleasing repository viewer
that managers (not necessary just senior members of IT) could look and
get a clue of what's going on.

Anyway, you are right ... I still have a long way to go. The two main
hurdles will be diffs and properly handling binary data, delivering
the correct content-type header for the binary so that it streams and
correctly is displayed within the browser.

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