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Re: Updatable svn export

From: Johan Corveleyn <jcorvel_at_gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Jul 2013 15:18:57 +0200

On Thu, Jul 4, 2013 at 3:04 PM, David Schweikert <david_at_schweikert.ch> wrote:
> Hi,
> We have a svn repository with many files (more than 30'000), and need to
> have the HEAD version exported to a filesystem, whenever a commit is
> done.
> Currently, we have implemented this with a post-commit script that does
> a "svn update", but the script is rather slow. The reason is that "svn
> update" apparently checks the whole tree for any local changes. In our
> case, we can however guarantee that no changes are done in the working
> copy.
> I was thinking that we could use something like a "svn update
> --readonly", where svn doesn't any check anything on the working copy,
> but just applies any changes committed since the last update.
> An alternative would be to implement a special mode for "svn export",
> which writes a file with the exported revision number (".revision" in
> the root directory, for example), and a "svn export-update" that only
> fetches any changed files between the last exported version and HEAD. It
> could even be a completely separate binary which uses libsvn...
> What are your thoughts on this? We have computer engineering students
> that could be put on such a project, but it would be great to have some
> guidance on whether this is a good idea and what you would recommend
> doing.

First thing to check IMO is whether the latest svn client isn't
already fast enough with a normal 'svn update'. Which svn client
version are you using? On what platform and filesystem?

The recently released 1.8 version has an exclusive locking mode [1],
which makes it very fast if you're sure that there will only be a
single process accessing the working copy simultaneously. Also, make
sure that the timestamps of the on-disk files are not changed by some
other process after the checkout or update (otherwise, svn has to read
/ checksum the file contents to make sure they weren't changed --- if
both filesize and last-mod-time remain unchanged after
checkout/update, svn will optimize this, assuming the file wasn't

[1] http://subversion.apache.org/docs/release-notes/1.8.html#exclusivelocking

Received on 2013-07-04 15:19:50 CEST

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