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Ways to keep users from checking out too much.

From: Garrett Rooney <rooneg_at_electricjellyfish.net>
Date: 2006-02-22 21:55:14 CET

In my copious spare time I help to administer http://svn.apache.org/,
a rather large and busy subversion server.

Over the past few weeks, we've had at least two instances (that we
noticed) of users causing noticable performance problems by checking
out huge parts of the repository. In one of those cases it was on
purpose (a search engine trying to check out and index the repository)
and in another it's quite possible it was an accident. In either case
though, we ended up blocking the user's IP via ipfw rules to make the
problem go away. This is a rather manpower intensive solution to the
problem, and I'd love it if there was a way to prevent the problem
from occurring.

How would people feel about some mechanism for stopping update reports
rooted at particular directories? It might at least prevent the
accidental foot shooting you get when an inexperienced user first
tries their hand at a svn checkout, and that would be a nice step in
the right direction.

Any thoughts?


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