[svk-devel] "author" user name reflected in "mirrored" repositories

Alexandru Popescu the.mindstorm.mailinglist at gmail.com
Sat Jan 20 20:52:21 EST 2007

On 1/18/07, Mark Burton <mark.burton at greensocs.com> wrote:
> Hi, I suspect it would be easiest if I describe the exact use model I
> have for SVK as I suspect others might like to use it in this way (and
> may find the same problems)
> I run a sourceforge project, and want to continue to use sourceforge's
> "write only" SVN repository (well known/trusted etc etc)
> However, I want to have more "fine grained" access control and some
> automation that S.F. does not permit. So, my set up is to run a
> "mirror" of the S.F. repository using SVK, and then "serve" the mirror
> (using subversion).
> I have used the recipe found here :
> http://svk.bestpractical.com/view/UsingSVKAsARepositoryMirroringSystem
> In addition, I have added a commit hook script to the repository as
> served by SVN such that when somebody commits a change, the mirror is
> automatically sync's and smerged
> #!/bin/sh
> export HOME=/some/place
> export USER=somebody
> /usr/bin/svk sync //mirror/project
> /usr/bin/svk smerge --incremental --verbatim //project //mirror/project
> Notice that for this to work, the apache server running the subversion
> svn module must have access to a ~/.svn tree with a cached access to
> the initial S.F. repository
> so - It would be nice to be able to specify usernames (and passwords)
> on the command line. Maybe you can, but I can't find any documentation
> about it.
> Then, this still doens't work, because - it seems - a lock file gets
> created and not properly removed (I'm looking into this right now, I'm
> not sure what the problem is)
> ===Problem===
> Once you manage to get a check in, and you have included --incremental
> and --verbatim, then the log files seems to get updated without asking
> for further comments, which is good - BUT - the AUTHOR is taken as the
> USER doing the smerge - this is highly undesirable, as the author will
> ALWAYS be be the same. So ideally, when a --verbatim smerge is done,
> author names should be preserved from the original check in....
> Or have I missed something?
> Cheers
> Mark.

Same problem seen here and not solved yet. Somehow related if the
sources are having keywords ($Id$, etc.) and SVN is set to do the
keywork expansion than these are gettings screwed too.

I am very interested in hearing a solution for this.

.w( the_mindstorm )p.

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