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AW: svn cleanup and unreferenced pristines

From: Markus Schaber <m.schaber_at_codesys.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Jan 2014 08:27:34 +0000


> -----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
> Von: Vincent Lefevre [mailto:vincent-svn_at_vinc17.net]
> Gesendet: Montag, 13. Januar 2014 04:17
> An: dev_at_subversion.apache.org
> Betreff: Re: svn cleanup and unreferenced pristines
> On 2014-01-13 03:51:08 +0100, Branko Čibej wrote:
> > On 13.01.2014 03:43, Vincent Lefevre wrote:
> > > I meant deltas like in the repository (but see below).
> >
> > When you say "delta" you have to also define "against what". Otherwise
> > it's just a not very efficient compression algorithm.
> Against another pristine. Then there are several ways to do that, just like
> BDB and FSFS used different methods for the repository.
> But any of them would be more memory efficient than no deltas at all (like
> currently).

But the need to do delta decompression on each "svn status" will cost a lot
of i/o and CPU.

> > >>> Caching the repository or a part of the repository may be better.
> > >> That's exactly what pristines are.
> > > Not in a memory efficient way! For one of my working copy, a "svn
> > > cleanup" reduced the working copy size by about 2 GB, while the
> > > repository is only 1.5 GB.
> >
> > Indeed. The point of the whole exercise is to invent an efficient way
> > of storing (or omitting, when appropriate) pristines. Saying "delta"
> > or "cache the repository" is just hand-waving and doesn't really
> > contribute to a solution.
> For machines with enough disk space, caching the whole repository could be a
> solution. This is known not to be a bad one, since this is more or less what
> distributed SCM's do. For machines with little disk space, users may want to
> avoid storing any unreferenced pristines anyway.

I'd welcome an option in SVN to cache the repository. (TortoiseSVN already has
some caching for the log, IIRC).

But then, the cache should not be per-wc, but in a system (or user) global
directory, or we will end up with several copies of the same repository on the

Best regards

Markus Schaber

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