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Re: tortoise overloading server with svnserve processes ... please help

From: Simon Large <simon.tortoisesvn_at_googlemail.com>
Date: 2007-09-07 18:33:18 CEST

On 07/09/07, Gore Jarold <gore_jarold@yahoo.com> wrote:
> Ok, I posted about this a week or two ago and I am
> sorry I did not explain my problem very well, so I
> will try again now.
> Server:
> The server is ONLY running OpenSSH. That's it. It is
> not running a svnserve daemon, it is not running a svn
> server, there is no config file or configuration.
> If you ran an 'nmap' only port 22 would be open.
> Normally, we see:
> # ps auxw|grep svnserve|wc -l
> 0
> So I repeat - there is _no_ svn server running.
> However, subversion _is_ installed, and the 'svnserve'
> binary is available to execute, remotely, over SSH.
> Client:
> the clients access their home directories with
> svn+ssh:// URLs. This calls the 'svnserve' binary on
> the server, but again, there is no daemon process and
> no svn server running. When they are done with their
> work, the svnserve processes die. Easy.
> Problem:
> People using tortoise spin up a LOT of svnserve
> processes - sometimes 10 or 20 or more. Further,
> those svnserve processes take _hours_ to die off.
> So if 2-3 people hit the server with tortoise,
> suddenyl I have 20-30 svnserve processes running on my
> server, and they will continue running for _hours_,
> even if the clients are no longer connected and
> working.
> Help!
> Is there any way to limit the number of concurrent
> remote processes that tortoise starts up ?
> When tortoise hits a svn+ssh:// URL, does it start the
> remote svnserve process with command line switches
> that tell it to run as a daemon ? Or tell it to run
> persistently ? Or do you expect the remote svnserve
> processes to simply disappear when the client
> disconnects ?
> Is it possible to tell tortoise to disconnect after X
> minutes ? Perhaps these users are just doing a little
> work and leaving tortoise open (running) and it hangs
> onto the connections forever ?
> This is _really_ a problem - somehow ramping up 20-30
> svnserve processes from tortoise is so intensive that,
> if left running for a few hours, the system crashes.
> This does not happen with a similar number of svnserve
> processes started when users hit a svn+ssh:// URL with
> the command line /usr/local/bin/svn
> comments ? suggestions ? I really don't want to put
> in a lame cron job to auto-kill svnserve processes
> that look like they are zombies/ghosts, so I am hoping
> that there are some settings in tortoise to get it to
> be more polite ?

This is a Subversion issue, not a TortoiseSVN issue. Try it with the
subversion command line client to prove the case. You need to ask this
question on the users at subversion.tigris.org list where there will
be far more people able to advise you.


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