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Re: binary file size limit?

From: Ben Collins-Sussman <sussman_at_collab.net>
Date: 2004-03-11 06:03:44 CET

C. Michael Pilato wrote:

> "David McBride" <dmcbride@languageweaver.com> writes:
>>I'm really intrigued with the way that svn handles binary files versus cvs.
>>This could potentially resolve a long-standing problem I've had. I'm
>>wondering, though, whether there is a practical limit on the size of files
>>that svn will work with. For example, I have some binary files that are on
>>the order of 500 MB or larger. Note that I'm asking about practical limits
>>and NOT simply whether it is possible. Thanks.
> Only 500 MB? :-)
> The practicality depends on your personal preferences for things like
> whether or not committing changes to files of that size, or receiving
> updates to files of that size, happens in an amount of time and
> network usage that you find suitable. Certainly working with files of
> that size in *any* application comes with costs. The task is yours
> (and those other folks who might be sharing your repository) to decide
> if Subversion's performance is tolerable.

Is there a practical limit? Of course. As Mike said, it depends on
your hardware, network, and degree of patience.

Is there a *theoretical* limit? Not at all. The svn client and Apache
server stay at a constant memory footprint, while streaming
indefinitely-sized files to each other over HTTP. There's no
theoretical limit to file size when doing HTTP GET and PUT operations.

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