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Re: svnadmin - 'Dump' and 'HotCopy'

From: Branko ─îibej <brane_at_xbc.nu>
Date: 2005-05-12 13:39:52 CEST

Hughes, Trystan wrote:

>Hi have browse the mailing liast archive but can really find the simple answer I need. Also read the free online book, but that didn't really help.
>
>My question: What really is the difference between 'svnadmin dump' and 'svnadmin hotcopy'? The 'dump' command is able to take a snapshot of the repository whilst it is still in use, so what really is the benefit of the 'hotcopy' command?
>
>
Time.

Hotcopy creates a copy of the whole repository. It's fast, but the copy
/is/ a complete operational repository, which means that you can only
use it with a server that understands the schema.

The format of the file created by "svnadmin dump" is independent of
repository back-end type or schema version, which means that you can use
it for long-term backups, or for migratiing from BDB to FSFS, etc.

We guarantee that the dump format will not change (apart from bugfixes),
and that newer versions of SVN will always be able to read dumps created
by older versions. We make no such guarantees about the repository format.

-- Brane

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