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From Ben Smith-Mannschott <bsmith.o...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Use of svnserve and Dropbox
Date Thu, 22 Sep 2011 18:49:35 GMT
On Thu, Sep 22, 2011 at 20:40, David Weintraub <qazwart@gmail.com> wrote:
> One of the nice thing about Dropbox is that you can share files
> between various users. I will sometimes keep a Subversion repository
> on Dropbox, so I can access it on various systems. Right now, it's
> just for me to use.
>
> Here's the scenario:
>
> * I have my Dropbox under $HOME/Dropbox.
> * I create a Subversion repository on $HOME/Dropbox/svn_repos
> * I now share my $HOME/Dropbox/svn_repos folder between my colleagues.
>
> What happens if we all start svnserve on that particular shared folder
> in Dropbox? Is there an issue with possible collisions if two or more
> people attempt to commit their changes at the same time?

Dropbox will rename conflicting revisions. Subversion will become very
confused. Your repository will be hosed.

> What if we skip the svnserve route and merely use the file://
> protocol? Is this any safer?

No. This makes no difference. Both will be equally broken.

This is a Bad Idea.

// Ben

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