Open up svn via DAV?

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rhester
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Open up svn via DAV?

Post by rhester »

I'm sure that many of you are aware that there is an Apache 2 module, mod_dav_svn, that allows for WebDAV communications with Subversion. In a nutshell, this means that a) the checkout command would be prepended with http:// instead of svn://, b) authentication would be handled on the back-end via HTTP digest rather than by a Subversion passwd file (meaning easier administration for me, since digests are used for everything else including beta downloads and Trac), and c) you can browse *only the latest revision* of the repository via HTML/XML.

Given that changing the checkout prefix could confuse people, the authentication really isn't that big of a deal, and we have Trac for browsing svn down to specific revisions, is there any reason to consider a move to WebDAV, except that more development tools support DAV and you have the option of mounting the repository as a remote share? (I could, of course, have svnserve and Apache both referencing the same repository, which would eliminate the issue with a) above.)

Is any of this worth the effort, or is everyone happy with how things are done now?

Rodney
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