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Re: Subversion on Windows 2003 Server or Windows XP

From: Andy Levy <andy.levy_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2007-07-12 14:26:25 CEST

On 7/12/07, Tjernstrom, Staffan <stjernstrom@mail.esignal.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> Even if you're going to only be storing files from an all-Windows environment, I would strongly suggest (as we have done) that you use a linux server for Subversion.

Even if there's no one in the office who knows and can support Linux?
We use Windows (quite successfully) to serve our Subversion
repositories because all our clients are on Windows, and we don't have
any Linux admin experts, so we can't adequately support the

> Among the many reasons I could name that we went that route are:
> . Native scripting ability - things like pre- & post-commit scripts are a lot easier, not to mention things like automated backup scripts, etc, etc, etc

Python, Perl, Windows Script Host (despite what Windows detractors may
say, WSH is immensely powerful, if a bit verbose), PowerShell, there
is plenty of scripting available on Windows. Just because it's not on
the install CD (well, WSH is) doesn't mean you can't use it. Write
*.bat (or .cmd, or you can even write a full-blown EXE) to just pass
the parameters on to the script of your choice, verbatim, and you're
just as flexible as you are on *NIX.

> . Available commercial support - if you're really going to use Subversion for mission critical stuff, the small yearly fee to eg Collabnet is a very reasonable insurance policy.

You're saying that one can't purchase support for Subversion on Windows at all?

> . Native support of all server modes (both Apache and svnserve work so much better to my mind under *ix).

Apache is a first-class citizen on Windows, and the SVN binaries work
perfectly fine on Windows.

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