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Re: Status of Subversion on the Mac?

From: Ryan Schmidt <subversion-2006Q1_at_ryandesign.com>
Date: 2006-01-30 12:05:57 CET

On Jan 30, 2006, at 00:21, john fogg wrote:

> We are a Mac only shop and we want to start Subversion on our file
> server. Clients and Server are Macs running Mac OS X 10.4.

Subversion runs great on the Mac.

> I read the Subversion book on version 1.1 and I saw that the current
> version is 1.3. The book notes some shortcomings with Mac OS X, and I
> want to ask if they still apply?
> 1. Using Subversion with WebDAV and autoversioning is described as
> tricky in the book. Is this still so?

AFAIK Subversion WebDAV works great on the Mac. (Our repository
mounted just fine when I tested it just now.) It's easiest of all on
the Mac, since WebDAV is built-in, unlike on Windows where you have
to fight to find an extension that will let you use it.

> 2. We work mostly with binary files so we don't need sophisticated
> diff and resolve functions. When we discover a mismatch we will just
> chose one file version over the other. Is the WebDAV solution "enough"
> in this scenario or would you recommend a real Subversion client? I'm
> asking because WebDAV seems a lot easier for our users.

When accessing the repository over WebDAV, it is not possible to get
conflicts. Your version will simply always overwrite the one that was
there before. If that's not what you want (if you want to know if
someone else has just written a different versions 2 seconds before
you, for example) then you'll want to avoid WebDAV and do it the
"real" way.

> 3. Any tips on Subversion and the Mac? All help is appreciated.

I haven't found any graphical clients I can tolerate so I just use
the command line. But there are several graphical clients available;
you can test them and see if any of them work for you.

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