Looking for a way to archive a space with possibility to use this archived state later on

Hello.

We are pretty new to Confluence & Jira but want to use Confluence as our single source for Software development documentation.

Now we are looking for a way, to view/browse/archive a particular state of space or folder, incl. pages and attchments, as it is common in software configuration management.

So we thought any of the following features of Confluence could be helpful:

- labels:
   This would require the ability to recursively apply a label to all entities in a space or folder + the option to view labeled "versions" only. But, it seems neither recursive labeling nor selecting older versions of attachments is available.

- export/import or backup/restore:
    The XML backup from within the space tools + the Restore from XML looked quite promising. It allows to export a complete space incl. attachments into a single .zip file and the restore is able to import such a .zip file.

    So, our idea was to import an "archived" space.zip file into a further & new Space in the case it is needed.

    Unfortunately the import has some restrictions which prevents us from doing this.

    * a Space with the same key must not exist
       We think this could be easily resolved by editing the entities.xml & exportDescriptor.properties files in the .zip

    * the entities.xml file has id's for each entity which cause import errors because of unique id constraints.

        This makes it impossible to create a clone of a space by the backup/restore.

- Archive a space via WebDAV
    This means, we access Confluence over WebDAV and zip the complete Space folder in an archive, which we can later on simply copy (by WebDAV again) into another Space.

It seems to us, that the WebDAV approach is the most promising way to do what we want to achive.

Or does anyone have a better idea.

 

Thanks for your input and Kind regards

Klaus

 

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