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Re: Anti-FUD: SVN ate my repository

From: Michael <ectosphenoid-svn_at_yahoo.com>
Date: 2004-09-20 20:46:35 CEST

--- Mark Phippard <MarkP@softlanding.com> wrote:
> How about attempting to explain what is meant by a "wedged"
> repository? My assumption has always been that the term
> "wedged" is something specific for BDB, although maybe it
> is a common term in the Unix world and people just know
> what it means? It wasn't until I had read many messages on
> the mailing list that I started to understand what is meant
> by it, although I still do not think I could explain it.

Here is the jargon entry for wedged:

 1. To be stuck, incapable of proceeding without help. This is
 different from having crashed. If the system has crashed, it
 has become totally non-functioning. If the system is wedged,
 it is trying to do something but cannot make progress; it may
 be capable of doing a few things, but not be fully
 operational. For example, a process may become wedged if it
 deadlocks with another (but not all instances of wedging are
 deadlocks). See also gronk, locked up, hosed.

So I'd label the term as a general computing term, not a BDB/subversion
specific term. Seems to have a very different meaning than "corrupted".


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