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Re: Size of hotbackup.py files versus svnadmin dump files

From: <kfogel_at_collab.net>
Date: 2003-05-16 20:22:34 CEST

Edmund Lian <elian@inbrief.net> writes:
> I just noticed that a dump of an entire repository is much smaller
> than the sum of files that hotbackup.py creates. In my case, 129Mb for
> the dump file versus 429Mb for hotbackup.py
> I presume the difference arises from the Berkeley DB files being quite
> sparse. Is there anything that one can do to pack them down a bit
> better for a hotbackup?
> Also, given that a full dump contains all all the information needed
> to recreate a repository, why doesn't the hotbackup script simply do a
> dump instead?

The dumper didn't exist when we wrote hotbackup.py. I don't know how
much more expensive it would be, in terms of execution time, to do a
dump than to just copy the files.

> This would save an enormous amount of space. E.g., a tarred/gzipped
> dump of my repository is just 28Mb versus 429Mb from hotbackup.py!!!

Well, why aren't you gzipping the hotbackup results too, if you want
to do that comparison? :-)

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Received on Fri May 16 21:03:18 2003

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