May 2010


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Debbie Gillespie <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 3 May 2010 13:48:38 -0500
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Setting up a repository that is accessed via the file system is very
easy to do and may be sufficient for many departments.  If you want an
svn repository that is accessed via https, that is more difficult.

For our internal development, we have created a repository on a shared
drive.  My team can access the repository from the file system
(file:///<<path to repository>>) and via ssh (svn+ssh://<<server
name>>.<<path to repository>>).  Most of our research create svn
repository using the same method.  For our research groups that need to
share a repository with users outside the University, we provide
repositories that can be accessed via https.

For our internal development, it would be easier for us to continue to
host it on our own servers.  However, I would be interested in using a
centrally hosted repository for our repositories hosted over https.

Debbie Gillespie
Systems Staff
Department of Computer Science & Engineering
University of MN

Aaron J. Zirbes wrote:
> U of MN Developers,
> Is there anyone (besides me) out there on the list that feels that a
> common-good SVN service would be a good idea?  Bad idea?  Not sure?
> As a web, application and systems developer I feel that I couldn't do my
> job with out a proper revision control system (RCS).  It gives me a
> giant UNDO button for all of my projects to any commit point in time. 
> It forces me to comment all my changes.  It gives me the confidence I
> need to make sweeping changes to a system without the worry of "how do I
> undo this?"
> Using SVN has become almost trivial as most development platforms (Adobe
> Dreamweaver included) support SVN out of the box.
> We run our own subversion (SVN) server at EnHS for our department's
> needs, but I'd be willing to guess that most departments do not.
> I know not all departments are large enough to support their own SVN
> server, but I feel that any one who isn't using some sort of RCS in
> their web development is suffering because of it.  It is putting
> developers and their work at too much risk.  I think that all developers
> at the U should have access to SVN, but for that to happen, U of MN
> central would have to set it up as a common-good service.
> --
> Aaron