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Old 07-04-2005, 02:10 PM   #1
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Using Webdav for Web Site Development?

I just recently enabled Webdav on my Apache server with the hope of finding a way to manage my web site from an IDE ( say, Quanta ), and publish it to a test web server and then a production web server as part of my development cycle. However, I have only been able to find examples of mounting Webdav as a file system, or using it to share data with a workgroup. So far Google hasn't given me any hits that show a "best practices" way of using Webdav to manage content on Web sites.

Can somone provide advice/links/whatever on how to do this? I have mucked around with Eclipse as it has Webdav support, but it cannot access the files I have put on the webdav "share", however, Sunbird can publish and retrieve ICalenders from it.

I am running Fedora Core 3 and Apache 2, if that helps.

Thank You,
Old 07-04-2005, 06:37 PM   #2
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I have asked much the same question before to accomplish similar means.
I read a couple articles about it but could only find this one in my bookmarks:


Is a discussion on how to set up subversion server on apache, which uses mod_dav and other webdav stuff.
Old 07-05-2005, 07:37 AM   #3
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Far from an expert, I have WebDav set up on our apache server and we are accessing it OK with Dreamweaver. Below are the directives I am using. The Auth Type directives are really up to you and you can use whatever auth method you desire. I believe the critical line is the ForceType text/plain. This insure that the Apache server always sends only the plain text of your web page and never runs it through any preprocessors. For example if you are using PHP and use WebDav without the ForceType the server will send the code to your web development client with the PHP code already processed...which will prevent you from editing the PHP code. I hope this helps.

ForceType text/plain
AuthType Basic
AuthName "develop"
AuthUserFile /home/wwwssl/access/.basicpasswd
Require valid-user
Old 08-03-2005, 11:24 PM   #4
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I have WebDav working in SSL mode from Windows not Linux ( yet ). It's well enough, though, as I am using Macromedia Dreamweaver for design and publlishing. DW did not support WebDav over SSL, but I loaded a program called "webdrive" that mapped a WebDav connection ( over SSL ) to a Windows driver letter, and so Dreamweaver treats it as a mapped drive, and all is well. I would rather get Codeweaver on my Linux box and then run Dreamweaver on Linux. Right now I have Windows running an a Virtual Machine, and then Dreamweaver run in that.

I also threw in Fedora Directory Server to get a centralized authentication point for authenticatio/access to Apache WebDav foldersWeb users, and it works great

Still, I really don't have a good idea what best practices are for Web site publishing and version control, and wonder how much of that could be handled by a Content Management System such as Plone or Mambo.

Thanks for your help,

Old 11-30-2005, 07:28 AM   #5
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Unhappy I want to have the same usage of davfs for development

Hi everyone.

I have a problem with davfs2. I'm using a Debian 3.1 with 2.4 kernel. I installed davfs 0.2.6(0.2.5;0.2.4) (not all in the same time) and i managed to mount the http://..... with a specific user. The problem is that the user is the owner on the mountpoint but he can't create new files inside the mountpoint. Intresting thing: he can modify any other file, and create new directories. All the files where uploaded remotely by the same user. All the directories and file are owned by this user. With the 0.2.6 version the mountpoint and everything in it is in mode 700. I installed the 0.2.3 version where you can specify the uid,gid and mode. I mounted the http://........ with 777 and i have the same problem. Another thing i tried the same thing with root, still no results. Remotely (using netdrive) i can do anything, works fine, locally (in shell on the host) no one can create new files, but everyone can modify existing one's, save them, or create new directories. Any suggestions ??? I'm out of ideas.



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