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Re: [Gnu-arch-users] .listing files

From: Robert Collins
Subject: Re: [Gnu-arch-users] .listing files
Date: Tue, 21 Sep 2004 00:52:00 +1000

On Mon, 2004-09-20 at 10:34 -0400, Aaron Bentley wrote:
> Robert Collins wrote:
> > I'm against it: .listing files have cache coherency problems, non-ACID
> > properties & generally should die (but cannot due to the non-ubiquitous
> > nature of webdav).
> When the transport doesn't use .listing files, those problems don't 
> matter.  When using straight http, those problems must be worked around. 
>   So I'm not sure what it buys us to avoid them.  .listing files are 
> *my* default, because most archives I create are ones I may want to 
> serve via http.  Though, for internal use at work, it's NFS.

Having them disabled by default gets folk to either turn on webdav, or
read up on .listing files & their issues.

Having them enabled by default leads to 'arch is bust, I can't see the
updates from foo' + unneeded double checking & confusion.


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