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Re: No-op changes no longer dumped by 'svnadmin dump' in 1.9

From: Julian Foad <julianfoad_at_btopenworld.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Oct 2015 17:53:09 +0100


Please see the email I've just sent, entitled "Changes, Differences,
and States". I wanted to put down some thoughts and that's the best I
can do in the time. I hope it may shed a few glimmers of light in this

- Julian

On 14 October 2015 at 16:37, Evgeny Kotkov <evgeny.kotkov_at_visualsvn.com> wrote:
> Stefan Fuhrmann <stefan.fuhrmann_at_wandisco.com> writes:
>>> Exactly how does this change make the situation better in practice? In
>>> other words, what particular use cases is it supposed to fix?
>> Any use-case that depends on this information, IOW all those that you
>> are afraid may have been broken by the new API.
> [...]
>> * non-bubble-up directory representations, e.g. Brane's approach
>> * "native" support for move / rename possibly not creating a new ID
>> I'm not saying that any of these will be implemented in the near future
>> but those ideas and proposals demonstrate that we cannot assume specifics
>> of the DAG implementation.
> So, this change doesn't improve any real use cases in the current code?
> Overall, I don't see how it's worth it, as there were no user-visible problems
> associated with the old code. The new approach, on the contrary, has a history
> of breaking at least two use cases, and there could be more:
> - We were lucky to find and fix svn blame -g a year after the change was
> committed.
> - Now, a year and a half later, we have an issue with repositories behaving
> differently in client-side operations like 'svn log' after dump/load. As
> the dump/load is a well-known procedure, I am thinking that it's a serious
> problem that could affect many users.
> - This could only be a part of the problems we need to deal with, because
> the low level behavior change from r1572363 + r1573111 propagates up to
> higher levels like svn_repos or svn_ra and alters the behavior of many
> different callers like svn_ra_get_file_revs2() or the update reporter.
> Third-party API callers could not be ready for it as well, because public
> API functions like svn_ra_get_file_revs2() didn't receive the erratum or
> a bump.
> Johan Corveleyn <jcorvel_at_gmail.com> writes:
>> I think the dump.c part of r1572363 and r1573111 should be reverted /
>> fixed so that we get the previous behaviour again, and this should be
>> backported to 1.9. At this point, IMO 'svnadmin dump' is broken in
>> 1.9.
> I would like to commit the patch that restores 1.8 behavior in all relevant
> places. It fixes the svnadmin dump issue and should prevent other similar
> problems; see the attachment.
> Please note that the patch doesn't do something about our experimental FSX
> back end. As it turns out, the behavior of the svn_fs_contents_changed() and
> svn_fs_props_changed() in FSX received a change even prior to the introduction
> of the new API, and happened in r1568600 [1]. Although we could restore the
> previous behavior for it, I am thinking that we should begin from fixing the
> problem for the stable FSFS and BDB back ends.
> Thoughts?
> [1] https://svn.apache.org/r1568600
> Regards,
> Evgeny Kotkov
Received on 2015-10-14 18:53:57 CEST

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