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Re: I'll help with db debugging

From: Eric S. Raymond <esr_at_thyrsus.com>
Date: 2001-01-05 04:54:38 CET

Chip Salzenberg <chip@valinux.com>:
> I'll be glad to help with debugging the db crash. I've been wanting
> to get into subversion for a while now, and there's no place better
> for a newbie to start than with the ugly grotty stuff that no one
> wants to do....

Larry McVoy told me this weekend at the Kernel Hackers' Summit that
Subversion is using db, a non-transparent binary format, to store critical
state. He also said "There was cheering and shouting in the halls at
Bitkeeper when we heard that news. Those <deleted>s just added a year
to their development time."

Larry is right. This choice was a major, major blunder that fills me
with unease about the future of this project. What little you gain in
performance you will lose in multiplied difficulties and schedule slips
because corruption will be so much harder to detect and recover from

Please reverse this bad choice *now*, before you get nibbled to death and
bogged down in db-related problems.

		Eric S. Raymond
According to the National Crime Survey administered by the Bureau of
the Census and the National Institute of Justice, it was found that
only 12 percent of those who use a gun to resist assault are injured,
as are 17 percent of those who use a gun to resist robbery. These
percentages are 27 and 25 percent, respectively, if they passively
comply with the felon's demands. Three times as many were injured if
they used other means of resistance.
        -- G. Kleck, "Policy Lessons from Recent Gun Control Research,"
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