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Re: Accessing the SVN log from java Code

From: Andy Levy <andy.levy_at_gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2012 15:15:41 -0400

On Tue, Apr 17, 2012 at 14:53, Arijit Datta <arijit.datta_at_ymail.com> wrote:
> Hello,
> We have a requirement whereby we need to access a svn server and find the
> no. of check-ins happening for each repository.
> For example the SVN is hosted at https://svnexample.net
> And there are 3 repositories on it:
> https://svnexample.net/rep/project1
> https://svnexample.net/rep/project2
> https://svnexample.net/rep/project3
> The requirement is to connect to this server and then find out the number of
> check-in / check-outs happening per project. We want to build a web
> application which does that and gives the user the data in form of graphs,
> etc.
> How do we go about doing that? That is how do we access the svn server from
> inside the java code and get these details?

The repository doesn't keep track of checkouts, so you cannot glean
that data from the repository. Ryan Schmidt has a script that can be
used to parse Apache logs to collect this information.

I would recommend against pulling this data from the log in realtime,
but instead populate a database with the relevant data (you'll have to
write something to do this for an initial population of the database
using a one-time output of svn log, then have a post-commit hook which
updates the database going forward), and generate your reports from
queries against that database. The only instance where this would
become a problem is if you regularly change revision properties, but
you can have a post-revprop-change hook to perform those updates if

Although I don't use it to retrieve/parse log entries, I use SVNKit to
interrogate my repository from within Java. http://svnkit.com/
Received on 2012-04-17 21:16:56 CEST

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