Issue #797 describes how revisions 2555 and 2562 fixed a nasty bug
whereby an out-of-date version-url wcprop could lead to corrupt data
Those fixes are just workarounds. The real solution is to make wcprop
writing a loggy operation. This is not ra_dav's responsibility;
rather, the callback libsvn_wc supplies to ra_dav should not write the
wcprops to their live area immediately, but defer the write so its
coordinated with a log operation. That log operation would be part of
the same group of operations in which the file's entry committed rev
is bumped, and its text base updated.
One solution is to have that callback write wcprops to
.svn/tmp/wcprops/. Later, svn_wc_process_commited writes out a log
item (at the same time it writes the entry commited rev and text base
log items) saying to update the live wcprops based on tmp/wcprops. If
the client crashes before that log group is ever written, the tmp
wcprops will do no harm -- they just get cleaned out like anything
else as part of "svn cleanup".
See the dev list discussion "The Four Elements of Righteousness" for
more on this. The thread started out as Greg's summary of possible
solutions, before this solution was known, so you should start at
kfogel's second message in the thread:
From: Karl Fogel <email@example.com>
To: Greg Stein <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 18 Jul 2002 00:43:17 -0500
Note that Greg Stein has (in that thread) expressed some reservations
about this solution. Philip Martin and I both responded by saying
that the wc library already does some other things this way, and "svn
cleanup" cleans out unreferenced tmp files; but Philip at least still
had reservations despite that, and points out that a better solution
may be available once the new access baton work for issue #749 is done.
I'm not sure what I think is best, frankly :-). For Alpha, we'll keep
the kluge in, because there's no point making a big code churn in such
a sensitive area right before release. Soon after Alpha, we should
pick one of the cleaner solutions (either the one described above, or
the one Philip has in mind using access batons).
Filing this in Beta.