On 19/03/2008, Stefan Küng <tortoisesvn_at_gmail.com> wrote:
> As you may have noticed, our server at tortoisesvn.net had some problems
> in the last few weeks, usually for half an hour or so where it was
> almost impossible to reach the site.
> Now, I know that our server isn't really a power horse and maybe just
> can't handle the load we get. But I'm not sure about that: after a
> release we usually have much more load - and the server could handle
> that quite well back then.
> I've already rented another server yesterday which has a little more
> power. But considering the huge amount of work this requires (setting up
> all the apps, moving the databases, reconfiguring everything, ...) I
> already have nightmares.
> But: do we really need all this? Let's recap why we set up
> tortoisesvn.net in the first place:
> 1) FAQ: easier to edit the FAQ and have users add entries themselves,
> taking some of the work off us
> 2) Docs: uploading the generated docs without having them in version control
> 3) nightly builds: some place to upload our nightly builds
> 4) issue tracker: the tigris.org one can't be configured to prevent
> non-project members from creating new issues, which lead to sometimes 5
> bogus issues a day and a lot of work to clean them up
> 5) automatic scripts to generate statistics (e.g., translator progress)
> all valid reasons. But let's check each one of them again:
> 1) Well, the FAQ isn't easier now. And the ratio of good comments which
> add some value to the FAQ against comments which are support requests
> and would belong to the mailing list is at least 1/5. So instead of less
> work for us, it's actually more. Also, searching in Drupal is horribly
> broken, which makes the FAQ there almost useless.
> --> moving the FAQ back to tigris, maybe even all entries on one single
> page so users can use Ctrl-F to search for things wouldn't be that bad.
I never really liked having user-editable content anyway. I would
rather see the correspondence on the mailing list and then put a
cleaned up version in the FAQ later. Personally I would disable all
comments in Drupal.
Having said that we have quite a lot of content there now. Maybe that
would work as a single page FAQ like Subversion's and maybe not,
although we could use sub-pages with links if needed. Categorizing the
questions only works to a degree because many answers belong to more
than one question, or it is not obvious which category to look in. In
that respect Ctrl-F searches are better.
So yes, I would be OK with putting this back in www.
> 2) That one is actually quite good. Of course, the docs for the release
> builds don't change a lot, which means having those in our /www
> directory on tigris could be handled quite well too. Only the docs for
> the nightly builds should maybe stay on tortoisesvn.net
The dev docs don't get updated very often either. Only the nightly chm
is always up-to-date, so again these could go into www.
> 3) those definitely have to stay on tortoisesvn.net, there's no way to
> get those on tigris
> 4) since we use Flyspray, we'd have to keep that running on tortoisesvn.net.
Agreed. Flyspray works well for us and I see no reason to change it now.
> 5) do we really need those? If yes, we could write a script that
> generates a static html page in our /www directory, and that script
> would be run once a day together with the nightly builds. Or Lübbe could
> run it manually from time to time and commit the changes to tigris.
No comment - that's Lübbe's department ;-)
> As for the rest of the pages on tortoisesvn.net, we could easily move
> them back to tigris.org.
> If we just keep the issue tracker, the nightly builds and nightly docs
> on tortoisesvn.net, I think our server could handle that without much
But you said yourself that it is not really a problem with server
load. So taking load off it may not help much. It would mean that less
parts are broken at one time.
> And the advantage of having most of the pages on tigris? Easy: if
> something goes wrong, someone *else than me* has to deal with it.
> Because if I check the last three weeks, I think I spent more time
> dealing with the server than I spent with coding.
That is a very good reason to review the situation even if our
tortoisesvn.net server had no problems.
> So, what do you guys think?
> If you agree, I just hope I can step back from renting the other server...
Someone mentioned getting some sponsorship from collabnet a few days
ago. If we could just get sponsorship in the form of web hosting
(without the tigris restrictions) that would help. After all, TSVN is
mainly responsible for the big uptake of svn on windows. Could be
But we can make changes to reduce Stefan's workload anyway.
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