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Re: Logging Subversion client HTTP requests

From: Ryan Schmidt <subversion-2011a_at_ryandesign.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2011 18:30:11 -0500

On Jul 30, 2011, at 17:56, Manuel Lemos wrote:
> on 07/30/2011 07:42 PM Ryan Schmidt said the following:
>>> Sorry, I did not mention that I am writing a pure PHP client that needs to run on an environment on which the svn program is not available, nor any SubVersion PHP extensions are available. So using anything based on libsvn is not an option for me unfortunately.
>> That's.... ridiculous. Use an svn php extension. Or if you must, call the svn command line program. Don't reinvent the wheel, because you probably won't get it quite right, and you'll cause weird error messages or possibly even repository corruption.
> Maybe I was not clear, but I really need to access SubVersion repositories in third-party environments on which there is no subversion client nor any PHP SubVersion extension.
> I can already do it to access CVS and Git repositories, there is no reason I cannot do it for SubVersion.
> I understand what you are saying not getting it quite right, but I do not have an option, so I have to do it all in pure PHP.
> I have already a pure PHP implementation working with most repositories but I am getting error 400 when accessing some repositories over HTTPS and I could not figure what am I doing differently.
> I am also skilled in C programming for many years but that is not an option to run my code in environments that I do not control.
> So, would you be able to be so kind to help locating the svn command code that I need to hack to make it show the HTTP dialog?

I'm not able to help with that because I'm not familiar with the Subversion source code.

But you understand why even if I knew I would be disinterested in helping you. The Subversion libraries have been in development for 11 years, work great, and do exactly what you want, but you're saying nope, you're going to recreate them from scratch, except it doesn't work all the time, so you ask for help from the group that answers questions about the libraries, whose members are obviously going to say this is an already solved non-problem: use the libraries.

If you can install PHP, why can't you install the Subversion libraries and PHP extension?

The Subversion libraries are going to continue to evolve, as is the network protocol. For example, Subversion used to only be able to use neon for talking to http servers, but now can use serf which perhaps offers better performance, and serf becomes the default in Subversion 1.7; which of these methods are you emulating? So this isn't even a one-time task you're contemplating; this is an ongoing duplicate maintenance effort you're committing yourself to.
Received on 2011-07-31 01:30:50 CEST

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