On Sun, Nov 17, 2019 at 8:27 AM Daniel Shahaf <d.s_at_daniel.shahaf.name>
> Disclaimer: Most of the below is just my own opinion. There's plenty of
> latitude in this.
> Nathan Hartman wrote on Sun, Nov 17, 2019 at 00:02:34 -0500:
> > You need Berkeley DB only if you are building support for
> > Subversion's older BDB repository storage back-end. The BDB
> > back-end is deprecated and not recommended, but is still
> > available. The newer and recommended back-end, FSFS, does
> > not require Berkeley DB.
> How about changing "not recommended" to "not recommended for new
> For example:
> "The BDB backend has been deprecated and may be removed in Subversion 2.0.
> We recommend to use the FSFS backend for all new repositories."
> Plus a reference to the book, if needed.
> > In particular, you need Berkeley DB if you are building:
> > * A Subversion server that supports BDB repositories.
> > * A Subversion client that can access BDB repositories via
> > the file:// URI scheme.
> s/supports/serves/ ?
> I'm not sure, but perhaps change "if" to "if and only if" and remove the
> set of bullets?
> Point out that 'svnadmin info' will say whether a repository is FSFS or
> (That subcommand was added in 1.9 so we can assume it here.)
> > You do not need Berkeley DB if you are building:
> > * A Subversion server without support for BDB repositories.
> > * A Subversion client that accesses Subversion repositories of
> > any format (BDB or otherwise), when such access is provided
> > by a Subversion server that supports that format.
> > ]]]
If I go back (mostly) to what was there before, eliminate the bullets,
incorporate some of your suggestions (including previous
suggestions)... I come up with something like this...
You need the Berkeley DB libraries only if you are building a
Subversion server that supports the older BDB repository storage back-
end, or a Subversion client that can access local BDB repositories via
the file:// URI scheme.
The BDB back-end has been deprecated and is not recommended for new
repositories. BDB may be removed in Subversion 2.0. We recommend the
newer FSFS back-end for all new repositories. FSFS does not require
the Berkeley DB libraries.
If in doubt, the 'svnadmin info' command, added in Subversion 1.9, can
identify whether an existing repository uses BDB or FSFS.
Does that seem reasonable and solve the issues we had previously?
Thanks for your input,
Received on 2019-11-18 16:31:18 CET