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Re: [RFC] source repository at Apache

From: Fabien Coelho <fabien_at_coelho.net>
Date: Fri, 13 Nov 2009 12:25:37 +0100 (CET)

> b) we'll actually deal day-to-day with a repository that's orders of
> magnitude bigger than our own (death to scalability problems!)

There is no need for subversion to be in the big repos for the big repos
to use the latest version or even trial ones. My idea of risk management
would even suggest that it is better to separate them. If the big repos is
broken by subversion (sure, this will never happen...), you cannot access
the sources. It is also true of subversion in its own repos, but at least
less projects are stopped because of that.

Scalability in the future, is indeed one of my concerns, although not my
problem : I should not care, but I cannot help it... The ASF repository is
over 800K commits, going at about 100K commits-per-year and accelerating.
That may be fun, it is good to be scalable, it is very good for subversion
to have such a large test bed, but I cannot see that as easily manageable
in 10/20/30 years, especially if more projects are added to the

As a developer, I understood that the commits are stopped when a new
projects is imported : I do not think that this is a useful downtime for
any project, even if it is quite short (possibly less than 15 mn ?), as it
could be totally avoided.

Well, it was just my final 0.02 EUR, as I have not convince anyone to
avoid the repository merges.

Received on 2009-11-13 12:26:49 CET

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