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WEBDAV for use in an office

From: Stuart Douglas <stuart_at_baileyroberts.com.au>
Date: 2007-07-13 11:32:52 CEST

In the subversion book it talkes about using webdav file systems in an office environment, to version all important files.I really want to implement something like this were I work, as we really cannot have any client realated information lost. The caveat is that if a user uses word to open files on the webdav files it will create temporary files, that will stick around to eternity. I have two possible solutions in mind, and I was after some feedback as to if either of them will actually work:
1) Every so often run svndumpfiler to filter out the temp files. Although I am not sure if this will work, because I did not see anything to suggest svndumpfiler supports the nessesary wildcards in the exclude path.
2) User mod_rewrite to redirect all temp file requests to a seperate non-versioned filesystem. This is the one I prefer, because it will be interesting to set up, but I am not sure if it will work. The issues I see are:
 - temp files will not show up in the file manager, however direct read/write requests for the filename will still work.
 - the temp files will have to be stored in some funky way, either all in the same directory or on a custom fuse filesystem that automatically creates directories (probably the first option)
Does anyone know if either of these would work? I am leaning more towards option 2 but I am not sure if it will cause problems down the track.
Received on Tue Jul 17 21:26:58 2007

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