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Corrupt repository on large commit (was Re: svn+ssh on Win32)

From: Steve Williams <stevewilliams_at_kromestudios.com>
Date: 2003-07-21 06:27:56 CEST

>> As for the checkout -- "chunk read error"? Never even heard of that
>> error... from anyone, actually, ever. I'd like to hear more about
>> it.
> I'll copy and paste the exact text of the error when I get to the
> office tomorrow.

After checking out approximately half of the repository, I got this...

svn: RA layer request failed
svn: REPORT request failed on '/repos/ty2/!svn/vcc/default'
svn: REPORT of '/repos/ty2/!svn/vcc/default': Error reading chunked response
body (http://julius)

I did a recover on the repository, tried the checkout again and got the same

The directory tree was 2.07GB of 15,793 files in 102 directories. I had
committed the majority of the tree in small sections (very time consuming)
but it was towards the end when one directory tree of 285MB in 9,761 files
in 44 directories failed with a MERGE timeout. This resulted in the
corrupted repository described above.

No mod_deflate in httpd. No mention of 'deflate' in httpd.conf.
http-compression set to "no" in global section of
Add and commit a large (2.07GB, 15,793 files, 102 directories) directory

I am trying again with a fresh repository.

The Data directory contains all 2.07GB of files to be added to the

F:\test>svn add Data
F:\test>svn commit Data -m "Initial commit"

After almost two hours of watching dots go past, it got to a point where the
dots stopped, then there was a huge amount of network traffic followed by a
huge amount of drive access on the client side. So much drive activity that
it slowed the client machine down to a crawl. It was after several minutes
of this client side drive activity that the MERGE timeout occurred.

....................svn: RA layer request failed
svn: Commit failed (details follow):
svn: MERGE request failed on '/repos/test/trunk/data'
svn: MERGE of '/repos/test/trunk/data': timed out waiting for server

Delete F:\test and try a checkout.

F:\>svn co http://julius/repos/test/trunk test

Checks out thousands of files and then comes up with...

svn: RA layer request failed
svn: REPORT request failed on '/repos/test/!svn/vcc/default'
svn: REPORT of '/repos/test/!svn/vcc/default': Error reading chunked
response body (http://julius)

Trying the same thing with svn: protocol now and it seems to have hit a wall
at a few thousand files into the commit. There is very little disk activity
on the client side, constant disk activity on the server side (the HDD light
is full on and I'm the only person using it) and regular network activity,
but there has been no more output from the client. It's been like that for
almost an hour now. I don't know what it is doing. I cannot communicate
with the server. An existing ssh session is responding extremely slowly
(one character echoed every ten to twenty seconds, if that). The P3-733
server has been brought to its knees. Just wondering if it has got itself
into an endless loop of sorts?


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Received on Mon Jul 21 06:28:44 2003

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