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From: John Aldridge <jpsa_at_jjdash.demon.co.uk>
Date: 2004-04-13 23:54:06 CEST

We've progressed a bit in our evaluation of subversion; and have,
apparently successfully, done a trial import of our old RCS repository,
using cvs2svn. It took 36 hours to process the 6,500 or so files, and
generated around 25,000 revisions.

We were surprised that the result is so much bigger than the original
RCS files: just over 1GB rather than 320MB. It this expected, or is
something wrong? We'd hoped that the results would be smaller if
anything, because of the better handling of binary files. The space is
nearly all taken by "db/strings" file.

Perhaps related, the book briefly mentions (in the Repository
Administration section) the command "svnadmin deltify", although this
command is not listed in the Subversion Complete Reference section. Does
the repository store revisions un-delta'd unless this command has been

We've tried this on both Windows and Mac, each using 1.0.1, with
essentially similar results.

Any light which anyone can shed will be gratefully received!

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