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Re: Space wasting

From: Erik Huelsmann <e.huelsmann_at_gmx.net>
Date: 2004-03-09 12:10:41 CET

> On 2004-03-08 23:52:16 +0000, Mike Mason wrote:
> > One of Subversion's design axioms is "disk space is cheap". Saving it
> > now is pointless.
> I think this should be reconsidered. One may have very large files
> on not so large disks. And what about having a working copy on a
> PDA? (I plan to do that.)
> I think that it would be important to allow to have a missing base
> version of files (for instance, I have large files that I'll probably
> no longer modify, and such copies of these files in the .svn/text-base
> directory are useless).

The axiom should probably read 'disk space is cheaper than bandwidth' which
holds even on PDA's which presumably are going to use mobile phone
connections to synchronize with repositories. Retrieving or sending full text-bases
will make the Subversion communication protocols *much* slower than they
currently are. Removing the text-bases will remove the ability to send diffs over
the wire...



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