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Re: [#4843] svn wc verify -- pristine files consistency check, and possibly repair

From: Johan Corveleyn <jcorvel_at_gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 10 Jan 2020 13:23:35 +0100

On Fri, Jan 10, 2020 at 11:27 AM Julian Foad <julianfoad_at_apache.org> wrote:
> Filed as http://subversion.apache.org/issue/4843 .
> We could start by defining more precisely what it needs to do.
> Some aims, in order from highest priority:
> * check if any pristine file's content is corrupted (according to its
> filename hash)
> - report and rename/delete corrupted pristines
> * check if any pristines are missing (according to wc.db)
> * fetch missing (or corrupted) pristines from the repository
> * verify wc.db 'pristine' table entries against other tables
> Checking for content corruption by recalculating the checksums is going
> to be slow -- there is no getting away from that -- so this most
> important check is probably going to be the last one we run, and we may
> choose to make it optional. That's fine.
> We could check quickly:
> * for each pristine file listed in the DB:
> - file is present
> - file size matches the DB
> - file mod-time matches the DB
> The existing 'cleanup' implementation contains a function
> 'pristine_cleanup_wcroot' which has in its doc string:
> [[[
> TODO: Ideas for possible extra clean-up operations:
> * Check and correct all the refcounts. Identify any rows missing
> from the 'pristine' table. [...]
> * Check the checksums. (Very expensive to check them all, so find
> a way to not check them all.)
> * Check for pristine files missing from disk but referenced in the
> 'pristine' table.
> * Repair any pristine files missing from disk and/or rows missing
> from the 'pristine' table and/or bad checksums. Generally
> requires contacting the server, so requires support at a higher
> level than this function.
> * Identify any pristine text files on disk that are not referenced
> in the DB, and delete them.
> ]]]
> The refcounts are references within the DB from nodes to the 'pristines'
> table. They are enforced by SQLite with 'REFERENCES' clauses in the
> schema, though I saw one comment somewhere saying this was "in debug
> builds" so we might want to double-check.
> I am not aware of problems in the consistency of the DB tables, so I
> don't think checking that is a priority. Though I don't have hard
> evidence, from problems reported over the years I think corrupted and
> missing pristine files on disk is the main concern.

Ah, how time flies ... I first started reporting / asking about
missing and corrupted pristines shortly after WC-NG was released in
1.7, because at that point you couldn't "fix" a broken WC anymore by
deleting the affected subdir. It's happened rarely in recent years,
but back then I've had to fix such corruptions regularly for
colleagues that ran into them. I just wanted to say: big +1 for taking
this on.

FWIW, some threads for historians:

https://svn.haxx.se/dev/archive-2011-07/0001.shtml ("wc-ng and
recoverability of corrupt wc's")
Before the final release of wc-ng I started asking about this problem
-- Philip and Daniel then already suggested two potential ways for
manual fixing: using "svn up -r0 $corrupted" and using "svn up
--set-depth exclude $corrupted".

https://svn.haxx.se/users/archive-2012-03/0458.shtml ("svn 1.7: how to
recover from a lost pristine file")
Some real-world experience. The wc was also stuck with a non-empty
work_queue ("E155037: Previous operation has not finished; run
'cleanup' if it was interrupted" -- where cleanup reports the same
error). Was fixed by first "manually emptying the work_queue in
wc.db", after which "svn up --set-depth exclude" fixed it.

https://svn.haxx.se/dev/archive-2012-06/0185.shtml: some further
feedback to devs after we discussed this issue a bit during the 2012
Hackathon. It also mentions another "fix" strategy, because the other
two didn't work: "in wc.db, set the presence to "not-present" in
NODES, and run 'svn update'".

https://svn.haxx.se/dev/archive-2012-09/0304.shtml ("SmartSVN (by
Wandisco) - repair working copy feature")
The (commercial) product SmartSVN had a feature listed as "Guided
fixing of rare working copy problems" in their professional version
(still listed on their https://www.smartsvn.com/compare-editions/
page). It has saved me and my colleagues a couple of times back then.
It did things like correcting checksums, refcounts, recovering missing
/ corrupt pristines, ...

https://svn.haxx.se/dev/archive-2013-04/0426.shtml ("Pristine text
missing - cleanup doesn't work")
Some more real-world feedback by Julian :-).

Obviously it would be much better if svn could detect and fix such
corruptions itself, instead of having to jump through (potentially
dangerous) hoops :-).

Received on 2020-01-10 13:23:52 CET

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