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Clarification on what exactly is captured in the Baseline Collect ion...

From: Peter Raymond <Peter.Raymond@merant.com>
Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2001 10:50:51 +0100
Message-ID: <20CF1CE11441D411919C0008C7C5A13B02969C18@stalmail.eu.merant.com>
To: ietf-dav-versioning@w3.org

I thought I understood what was captured in the Baseline Collection (the 
collection which captures the state of the Baseline-Controlled Collection), 
but reading the spec in more detail with others in MERANT some seeds of 
doubt have been sown.

Below is a detailed explanation, but I guess the basic question is, given:

  + include ---- globals.h

Where build and include are collections and globals.h is a VCR.

Does the Baseline Collection contain either:

1) A binding to a collection where that collection contains a binding to a 
   VCR for globals.h.


2) One binding called "include/globals.h" which points to the VCR for

Is the Baseline Collection "deep" (containing collections and their members)
or "shallow"
does it only contain VCRs and have "multi-segment" bindings to indicate the
of collections?

Here is my analysis of the specification which shows this is ambiguous......

Section 12 says:

       "In order to allow efficient baseline implementation, the state of a 
        baseline of a collection is limited to be a set of versions and
        names relative to the collection"

Is it a set of versions or a set of VCRs pointing to versions?  I thought it
was the 
latter.  Section 12.3.1 describes the members of the Baseline Collection to
be VCRs
not versions.  

In the postcondition DAV:select-existing-baseline it also talks about VCRs
created for each "version in the baseline", this gives the impression that
(not VCRs) are captured by the baseline collection.

Are the bindings to the VCRs in the Baseline Collection "multi-segment", eg 
build/src/gui/main.c or does the Baseline Collection capture the collections
were members of the original collection?

We talk about the baseline capturing the state of the version-controlled
of a collection, but does it actually also capture the state of the
that are in the configuration rooted at the baseline-controlled collection?

I think the bindings are "multi-segment" and the Baseline Collection is
the only hint to this is in the DAV:select-existing-baseline postcondition
where it says that "Any nested collections that are needed to provide the 
appropriate name for a version-controlled member will be created", this
that the baseline collection did not contain collections, it contained 
"multi-segment" bindings and now collections need to be created.

But the DAV:create-new-baseline postcondition says:

       "The DAV:baseline-collection of the new baseline MUST identify a 
        collection whose members have the same relative name and 
        DAV:checked-in version as the version-controlled members of the 
        request collection"

This hints that the bindings are relative names (same as in the original

So I would say the specification is ambiguous.  If we can clarify this I
happily update the deltaV FAQ to include a good definition of the Baseline

Peter Raymond - MERANT
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