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Subversion vs. Apache Jackrabbit/JSR-170

From: Turaukar Yur <yuraukar_at_hotmail.com>
Date: 2005-10-05 09:55:18 CEST

I was looking at various version management systems to store information. As
a software development team, we have the need to store and manage documents
(specifications) and other binary data as well as source code.

Being well aware of subversion and its focus, I ran accross Apache
Jackrabbit - an open source implementation of the Content Repository for
Java Technology API (JSR-170). While that project has not yet released any
downloads yet, it seems to be very interesting as a storage engine for
document repositories.

The question for me here is: do I need two systems or could Subversion do
the job alone? What's the relation between the two?

From a first glance, Jackrabbit is focused towards handling large documents
and binary data, as well as some XML support -- the latter which I frankly
didn't understand.
Subversion is focused on handling source code -- presumably smaller text
files -- but can basically handle binary files as well.
Anyone knows about restrictions/limitations in subversion? Is it a good idea
to manage a large number of binary files through it?

Jackrabbit offers the JSR-170 compliant API, while subversion has its own
language bindings, including Java.
Anyone knows about plans to support the JSR-170 API for Subversion? Would
this actually make sense?

Jackrabbit also supports searching through the documents -- by content and
attributes. What are Subversion's features here? How efficient is searching
by attributes? Is there any "plug-in" that provides fast index-based
searching on document contents?

In general, I would be interested if you could share your thoughts on this
matter. Would using Subversion as a Jackrabbit replacement be feasible or
does it stretch the SVN engine too much?


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