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Re: Request: Specifications / Requirements that only svn canmeet

From: Ted Stern <dodecatheon_at_gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 08 May 2009 16:22:13 -0700

On 08 May 2009 14:46:40 -0700, webpost_at_tigris.org wrote:
> Steve,
> You are correct, we primarily want to avoid the Expensive Bloated
> Version Control System (tm).
> Requirements that CVS and svn (and perhaps other open source
> software) can meet but commercial products can not would be fine.
> In the meantime I'll start bringing together some information on the
> long term costs of using the other system. As a former site
> administrator of the commercial system in question I am in an
> especially good place to make that argument.
> -Andrew

Here are a couple of requirements I don't think "EBVCS" can handle,
but it's possible to do it in OSS tools such as Subversion, Git,
Mercurial, Bazaar, etc.:

High security access from anywhere on the internet.

You can set up a single account that is the only one that can view the

Then you multiplex the account via its ~/.ssh/authorized_keys file.

Documented for Subversion in

     (Trick #4)


There are similar ssh server modes for other systems.

This lets you access the code from anywhere with an ssh route to the

I need svn+ssh access this way because

1) Third party source code license requirements require secure access.
2) Users/developers are nationwide and don't have local accounts.
3) It works from any OS that OpenSSH runs on :-).

plus this bit of sugar:

4) With svnserve's --tunnel-user option, you can change the log into a
   human-readable name format. This is a welcome change from CVS
   because our login names are basically line noise. The name I
   convert to is the standard name email format, first.last
   (@company.com is assumed).


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