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We are looking to update our intranet with a content management system that provides wiki and forum support, as well as (hopefully) support for auto-generating content from files controlled under SVN such as Word documents. The aim is that we don't need to update the intranet each time a working practise changes and that we don't need to change the format of all our existing procedures to something more web-friendly.

I have already asked a question more specific to a particular CMS with no answers so far, but what I'd like to know is whether there is ANY CMS out there that can achieve what we'd like, free or otherwise?

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So you don't really need any SVN support, you just want to make the contents of the directory available via the web. Do you want it published as articles? Browseable directories? – Sam Jul 27 '09 at 17:22
I meant to put a ? at the beginning of the first sentence. – Sam Jul 27 '09 at 17:22
I want to make sure that the latest revision of a document has a representation within the system without any intervention whatsoever. – Jeff Yates Jul 27 '09 at 17:26
(other than updating the SVN repository from somewhere) – Jeff Yates Jul 27 '09 at 17:27

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Drupal has a Version Control module with Subversion support. You could use that API to hook into your SVN install.

Yeah, it'd involve some custom coding, but I think that's going to be the case for any CMS - your needs are pretty specialised.

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Hmm, can you enable anonymous read access to the SVN repository over HTTP, and then write a wrapper to do a nice representation of it in the browser?

I know this isn't a CMS, but you could probably write a plugin for a CMS to do this...

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Writing a plug-in is certainly within the realms of possibility on this. – Jeff Yates Jul 29 '09 at 0:44

So you want an intranet which only displays the most recent version of a certain document? That sounds like document management, Alfresco could be something to consider. As a coder I find using subversion for document management a bad practise...

You can use Alfresco Share to have some collaboration features (like a wiki), or if your needs are more elaborate you could integrate Alfresco with Liferay.

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Hmm I'd just use the CMS to link to the word document in a working copy somewhere (on the web/cms server I suppose) - because, does it really have to generate content from the word document?

Then a commit hook in svn that does an update on that working copy when it changes (or just a scheduled update for the really easy-to-do approach) - voila all linked word documents are always on the latest revision (with whatever delay you could expect).

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not CMS but rather Trac Project, may not be what you looking for exactly I just wanted to let people know (whoever isn't familiar with this great product), it integrates with SVN very well.

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