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Re: [Client developers HEADS-UP] Penalty of APR_FILEPATH_TRUENAME (Was RE: svn commit: r35733 - trunk/subversion/bindings/javahl/native)

From: Mark Phippard <markphip_at_gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Feb 2009 11:31:25 -0500

On Sat, Feb 7, 2009 at 8:36 AM, Bert Huijben <rhuijben_at_sharpsvn.net> wrote:
>> Log:
>> * subversion/bindings/javahl/native/JNIUtil.cpp
>> (JNIUtil::preprocessPath): Remove a gigantic Windows only performance
>> penalty by using the always correct svn_path_internal_style()
>> instead
>> of the hidden breaking apr_filepath_merge with
>> that only did validation on Windows.
> Hi,
> Until recently some parts of Subversion used apr_filepath_merge with the
> APR_FILEPATH_TRUENAME flag all over the place. (It currently only uses it
> for paths passed to svn via the commandline where it is actually usefull for
> catching user typos).
> Using this method is VERY VERY expensive on Windows. Our (and your) code
> should canonicalize paths only once. Exactly when passed from an untrusted
> source and after that assume that paths are canonical (or at least correctly
> cased).
> (Apr ignores this flag on all OSs except Windows, so as Linux developer you
> would never know.)
> I would recommend that other subversion client developers review their code
> to make sure they don't accidentally call this same method without realizing
> that this is expensive and you can get a fILE back when you gave the method
> a File.
> In 99.9% of all cases this normalization does nothing, except for costing a
> lot of time; in that other 0.1 percent (where the file on disk has another
> casing than subversion thinks it has), it makes it impossible for you to
> call subversion commands on the administratively managed file, as it would
> automatically 'repair' your 'File' to 'fILE'.
> Thanks for your attention,

I am in favor of the change. I'll just have to keep my eyes open for
whether this causes any problems for us in Subclipse on Windows.

Did you do any kind of searching to get an idea where this function is
used? For example, it is not something that is exposed to us on the
Java side, it is used internally in the C++ code. I suspect it is
only used when methods are called with paths in them, so performance
improvement might not be that noticeable. If, for example, we are
doing a merge or update the overwhelming majority of the code is
happening inside the SVN libraries, there is not a lot of back and
forth from Java while these run. So the kind of performance speed-ups
you did before, where it is being used within the libraries, is likely
to have a much bigger impact than this. But like I said, every bit
helps and there might still be cases where we are doing things like
checking Status on a large working copy where this will make a nice


Mark Phippard
Received on 2009-02-07 17:32:06 CET

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