Web update library in python?

Paul Boddie paul at boddie.org.uk
Tue Nov 20 13:01:13 CET 2007

On 20 Nov, 12:17, "Diez B. Roggisch" <de... at nospam.web.de> wrote:
> The reason is simply that without any server-side mechanism that at _least_
> allows for file-locking (something plain HTTP doesn't, nor does FTP), you
> can't possibly make this work, as different concurrent requests of users
> will end up corrupting the data.
> SVN works through Apache via HTTP. I REALLY believe you will spare yourself
> _mucho_ troubles utilizing that.

Or perhaps something (else) which provides a comprehensive WebDAV
implementation? I believe Subversion exports repositories via HTTP
using various DAV-related methods, although I haven't needed to
explicitly interact with Subversion repositories in such a way.
Perhaps just exposing part of a filesystem using Apache plus mod_dav
might be a sufficient alternative.

Of course, as has already been said, lots of version control systems
provide Web-based interfaces, and there are various graphical
repository browsers which should know how to interact with these
interfaces. Moreover, some distributed version control systems are
able to understand repositories which are published as static files on
the Web, being able to navigate to the appropriate resources without
any dynamic magic happening on the server; Mercurial has support for
this, although I imagine that it's really a read-only thing:


Ultimately, if you're pushing things back to the server and it's on a
"per change" basis, then a plain Web server isn't going to be
sufficient. Otherwise, if users push their changes out only as new
branches (in Mercurial terminology), they could upload such a branch
in a single transaction (copy an archive to the server via FTP/scp,
unpack it, move it into place) and have it exposed to the other users
via a mechanism like the one mentioned above.


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