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Re: Mac OS X WebDAV access deletes revisions

From: Ryan Schmidt <subversion-2006c_at_ryandesign.com>
Date: 2006-08-25 14:09:47 CEST

On Aug 25, 2006, at 10:50, Simon Roby wrote:

> On 8/22/06, Ryan Schmidt wrote:
>> Well, you don't *have* to have a working copy, with the auto-
>> versioning WebDAV feature, which is what's being talked about here.
>> And there are some reasons why you might want to use that instead of
>> separate working copies. Hopefully the OP has considered the reasons
>> for and against this.
> Won't that generate a massive amount of revisions to the repository?
> If I understand well using a Subversion repository as a plain WebDAV
> filesystem implies one revision is created every time a user saves
> something. I know Subversion scales well but nevertheless it seems a
> bit inappropriate. (Not that I have any better idea on what to use
> instead though...)

Yes, you're correct. But it depends on the purpose for which such a
WebDAV filesystem was set up. If the idea is to provide a place for
your secretaries to save their Word documents, such that every time
they save, their work is saved, forever, so that even accidentally
deleting a file they just created, or overwriting a file, will not
permanently lose their work, then it may be a good idea. I'm sure
I've once or twice opened a file, intending to use it as a template,
changing it completely, then forgetting to do a Save As and instead
doing a Save, erasing the original template and having to recreate it
again. Had it been a Subversion WebDAV filesystem I could have just
pulled the template back out of the version history. And for a
corporation, the cost of buying more hard disks should be less than
the cost of paying their employees to redo lost work, so it's a win.

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