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Re: XML interface to cvs

From: James Knowles
Subject: Re: XML interface to cvs
Date: Wed, 27 Mar 2002 00:05:56 -0700

> The primary reason for wanting CVS repository data in XML format is for
> data interrogation in order to populate a database.

Ah! This is very useful information IMHO. 

Unfortunately I'm not aware of any pre-built softare that does this. Others
may be able to complete my gap in knowledge. 

If there isn't, then:

1) If your needs are narrow, it seems it would be pretty simple to write a
small wrapper around CVS. This could be run locally as a script or as a
daemon listening on a port. (I'm assuming a Un*x environment where such
things are common practice. Windows IMHO is a big pain in this area.) 

2) If your needs are more involved, it'd be more work obviously. At that
point it may be worth a full-blown web service, and the parameters of your
project will dictate details. 

3) A simpler possibility if you need information to be collected upon commit
(for example), one could trigger a program per the various "*info" files in

4) Others smarter than me probably have better ideas. 

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surplus of victory never caused any conqueror one pang of remorse. 
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