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From Marcin Lewandowski <>
Subject [users@httpd] Writing my own DAV module
Date Mon, 02 Jun 2008 16:52:01 GMT
Hi, I write a piece of software, it's a ruby on rails webapp.

The main part of my app is database organized a bit like a virtual file 
system. I store that in MySQL.

There could be many accounts (each with own DB), and each account can 
have many users with different permissions.

I succesfully use apache to act as proxy to my RoR app, and my users 
have nice web access to the database.

Now, I want to create second way to access to the DB, using WebDAV. I am 
thinking about two ways to achieve that:

1. Write my own FUSE filesystem that gathers/stores data from/to MySQL 
and then is shared over WebDAV using standard apache modules.

Pros: solution is more universal, I can later e.g. share that using SCP etc.
Cons: I have to mount one "filesystem" for each account; I have to think 
separately of filesystem (FUSE part) and authentication (apache/WebDAV 
part); I'm afraid about charset used to store, send file names

2. Write my own WebDAV module for apache as an out-of-the-box dedicated 
solution (like SVN does).

Pros: integrated solution; no FS mounting; no charset handling; propably 
smaller piece of code
Cons: I don't have any experience in that

I want to ask you about some general direction, what docs should I read 
to start WebDAV module programming, where to look for some examples, 
maybe some common pitfalls that you see after reading that?

Thanks in advance,


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