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Re: mod_dav_svn: view older revisions with browser

From: John Szakmeister <john_at_szakmeister.net>
Date: 2005-06-11 12:34:03 CEST

On Friday 10 June 2005 15:36, Mathias Hasselmann wrote:
> Am Freitag, den 10.06.2005, 04:13 -0400 schrieb John Szakmeister:
> > On Thursday 09 June 2005 18:48, Mathias Hasselmann wrote:
> > > Hi,
> > >
> > > The Subversion Book claims it would not be possible to use a
> > > browser to view older revisions with mod_dav_svn (Look for "Can I
> > > view older revisions?"). Well, but somehow that is not true, as I
> > > always can use "/svn/repos/!svn/ver/${rev}/${path}" as resource
> > > locator to access some old revision. At least if my resource is
> > > some file. If you try to access some directory this URI gives you
> > > some error.
> >
> > The URLs are considered to be opaque, and therefore, you should not
> > rely on them. They may change in the future and we make no promise
> > to keep the same format.
> Well, detected the !svn/bc namespace right now and I does exactly what
> I want: It gives me access to old revisions via browser. Wow! So I'd
> really suggest to rethink this policy at least for the !svn/bc
> namespace: mod_dav_svn has the capability to deliver old revisions to
> browsers, so why not announce this feature. Don't see the point in
> disavowing existing, useful features.

I didn't say it wasn't possible to determine what those URLs are. What I
said is that we're supposed to treat them as being opaque. IIRC, this is
a recommendation from the WebDAV specification... but I'm definitely no
authority on that. The point is that weren't not disavowing a useful
feature. We're protecting ourselves for the future changes. Again,
mod_dav_svn is for implementing WebDAV/DeltaV access to the repository.
It was never meant to be a generic repository viewer.

> > Sorry, this has been discussed before, but the vast majority of the
> > developers are in consensus... mod_dav_svn's current "browsing"
> > capabilities are as far as it goes. If you want additional browsing
> > features, use one of the many great viewers out there already
> > (WebSVN, FlexySVN, ViewCVS, etc). The 3 I listed are really pretty
> > good, and easy to setup.
> Been there and didn't like what I saw. Guess why know about

I'm not sure what you're asking here. I'm sorry you didn't like anything
you saw. Perhaps you can contribute to one of them, and help move it in
a direction that interests you.


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