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Re: binaries in WC

From: David Ferguson <ferguson.david_at_gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 11 Aug 2009 08:52:05 -0400

> I'd like to see an svn: property for binaries that says not to store a
> base copy and just send the full file when committing. If we wanted
Mark, the property idea would be a godsend for us corporate users that
(rightly or wrongly) commit large binary files and complain about SVN's
slowness :). I would also suggest an option to "svn checkout" that would
force all binaries to be checked out without the text-base. So the property
would set policy and the checkout switch would give users the flexibility to
override the policy if they want.

On Tue, Aug 4, 2009 at 9:24 AM, Mark Phippard <markphip_at_gmail.com> wrote:

> On Tue, Aug 4, 2009 at 6:19 AM, Bolstridge,
> Andrew<andy.bolstridge_at_intergraph.com> wrote:
> > I was thinking about how binaries are stored in the WC.
> Currently,
> > checkout any WC and you get a copy of the files in the metadata
> directories,
> > which is fine for things like source files and other text files, but when
> > people come to store binaries in their repositories, this starts to be a
> > nuisance.
> >
> > Storing binaries, I hope, isn’t controversial. I do it for
> shipped
> > releases, but also store word documents, images and similar.
> >
> > Thinking about why a copy of each file is stored locally, it
> makes
> > perfect sense for text, as you can perform certain operations really
> quickly
> > – diff for example. However, I’m not sure these operations can be
> reasonably
> > applied to binary files?
> >
> > So, would it be a good optimisation to store just the hash of a
> > binary in the WC instead of the full contents? It could cut down the size
> of
> > the WC considerably which is often cited as a problem with SVN, and might
> > improve checkout times. I don’t think it would have any impact on the
> > operation of the WC either. Revert is the only operation I can think of
> that
> > would be an issue, but in this case the original would be retrieved from
> the
> > repo.
> The base file is also used to produce and exchange deltas with the
> server. When you commit a change to the binary, only the deltas are
> sent to the server. Likewise on update. On some binaries, this work
> is all a tremendous waste of CPU as the delta is meaningless, but on a
> lot of binaries it does produce a significant savings.
> > Would this be something to consider for wc-ng?
> I believe these are all things on the table for post wc-ng. Meaning
> once the new design is in place, then we can start adding new
> features.
> I'd like to see an svn: property for binaries that says not to store a
> base copy and just send the full file when committing. If we wanted
> to get fancy, this property could even control the delta algorithm
> used, or perhaps provide some hints to the algorithm so that it could
> handle the file better.
> --
> Thanks
> Mark Phippard
> http://markphip.blogspot.com/
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