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Re: Disk space recovery

From: Nuutti Kotivuori <naked_at_iki.fi>
Date: 2004-03-23 14:56:33 CET

Glenn Maynard wrote:
> It's our main repository of files. Versioning is important for many
> of the files, but other functions are important for all files:
> distributing data to everyone working on the project, and keeping
> everyone up to date with everyone else, which are things CVS and SVN
> are both very good at.

On a conceptual level, just not versioning some files seems rather
straightforward, but in practise, it's going to be hard to implement.

Remember that Subversion works based on diffs sent over the
network. So if some of your users have an older working copy and wish
to get up to date, the repository must have the older version to
compare against it. Changing the system to send full-texts in these
cases wouldn't be a minor change.

Some day "svn obliterate" will come in to existence, and hopefully it
will support removing only a subset of versions on a file.

I myself am faced with the same problem soon - and will probably solve
it with just a separate file area that is rsync'd or just mounted.

-- Naked

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