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Web site management and staging using Subversion

From: John Peacock <jpeacock_at_rowman.com>
Date: 2006-02-24 19:47:06 CET

Someone just asked on the dev list about managing web site development
using Subversion and I sent her to the users list. It occurred to me it
would also be a good thing for me to flog my particular solution to this

I wrote SVN::Notify::Mirror, which allows me to keep multiple working
copies, on local and remote machines, automatically synced to changes in
the repository. The latest version of the module even supports switching
to a new tag, based on a regex.

It acts as a handler for the fairly magical SVN::Notify by David
Wheeler, along with the even more magical SVN::Notify::Config by
Autrijus Tang.

What these modules let me do is have a very simple to understand
post-commit script that looks like this:

#!/usr/bin/perl -MSVN::Notify::Config=$0
--- #YAML:1.0
     PATH: "/usr/bin:/usr/local/bin"
     handler: Mirror
     to: "/path/to/www/htdocs"
     handler: Mirror
     to: "/path/to/remote/www/htdocs"
     ssh-host: "remote_host"
     ssh-user: "remote_user"
     ssh-tunnel: ""
     ssh-identity: "/home/user/.ssh/id_rsa"
     handler: Mirror
     to: "/path/to/another/dir"
     tag-regex: "RELEASE-"

For example, the config file above allows me to keep:

    1. The local "test" web server up to date with changes to one path
    2. A remote "test" web server up to date with changes to another
path (via SSH)
    3. A "production" web server automatically switched to the latest
"release" tag of the trunk code

Moving a certain selection of files to the production server is as
simple as making a tag with a particular name (other tags are ignored).
  The test server is always up to date with trunk (or whatever branch
you want to designate).

You can get SVN::Notify::Mirror from a CPAN site near you or here:


It works with Perl (and doesn't require the Perl bindings for the
moment), but SVN::Notify doesn't currently work on Windows (though David
is thinking about how to do that).



John Peacock
Director of Information Research and Technology
Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group
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Received on Fri Feb 24 19:50:43 2006

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