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Re: WEBDAV for use in an office

From: Toby Thain <toby_at_smartgames.ca>
Date: 2007-07-17 23:22:49 CEST

On 13-Jul-07, at 6:32 AM, Stuart Douglas wrote:

> 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.

A bit OT, but have you considered using something other than bl**dy
Word as a an editing interface? A versioned wiki such as TWiki
(http://twiki.org/) gives you collaborative work with automerged
changes (a bit like Svn); hyperlinks (it's 2007, after all);
hierarchy; browser based, so you get server based storage and remote
access for free; plugins; friendly UI; etc, etc, etc.

Then there are dedicated DMS such as KnowledgeTree...


> Stuart

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Received on Tue Jul 17 23:22:15 2007

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