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From Andrey Repin <>
Subject Re: Programming a Watcher File
Date Wed, 03 Mar 2010 04:39:03 GMT
Greetings, David Weintraub!

> One of the tech leads wants to be able to program a watch file, so
> that when a certain set of developers change a particular file,
> certain other developers get notified. Thus, we need to be able to
> program what files, what developers do the commit, and what developers
> receive the notification. I'd like to do this, so this developer can
> maintain this file himself instead of me having to maintain it which
> means it can't be a text file on the Subversion server.

Sorry, my head is a bit crippled for now, and your post contains too much
cross-references to be understandable in my current state.
Could you please put it in simple terms, how you see your potential system

> I'm working with something like this now. I have a configuration file
> where you setup the various parameters (specifying files via globbing
> or regex), who does the commit, and who receives the email. The
> configuration file sits in the source repository, so this tech lead
> has access to it.

> I was wondering if anyone already has a post-commit hook script like
> this already setup. I know there's one included in Subversion, but
> this one uses a text file that's accessible to the hook script and its
> setup isn't that flexible.

> If not, I'll finish up the one I'm working on.

If having a custom (and client-customizable) configuration is all you ever
want, there's a hint: hook script can access repository as easy as any other
local file. Just do "svn cat" on required file and parse it's content as

However, be very wary of access rights on the mentioned configuration file.

 Andrey Repin ( 03.03.2010, <7:35>

Sorry for my terrible english...

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