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Re: Is subversion safe to use?

From: Gary Thomas <gary_at_mlbassoc.com>
Date: 2004-11-26 23:18:25 CET

On Fri, 2004-11-26 at 13:55, Max Bowsher wrote:
> Gary Thomas wrote:
> > Sure (although I sent all of this yesterday).
> >
> > Red Hat 9.0
> > Old version - 1.0.9
> > New version - 1.1.1
> > Any access method - they all fail :-(
> > Upgraded via RPM packages found on http://summersoft.fay.ar.us/
> I've just had a look at those packages.
> They seem to be linked *two* versions of Berkeley DB simultaneously. This
> has very disturbing implications for their reliability - I recommend you
> discontinue use of them immediately - or at least only use them for FSFS
> repositories.

Well, they were the RPM packages recommended on the subversion download
page :-)

> Recovering your old repositories is 99.9% likely to be possible.
> Either:
> Build subversion from source against the appropriate version of BDB (sounds
> like 4.2 from your mentions of set_flags errors)
> Or:
> Put a tarball of your repository on a web/ftp site, and email me the URL,
> I'll get a dumpfile back to you in the same way.

The repository is actually quite large - the result of converting 3
years of my consulting work on multiple systems from CVS to SVN. I have
been able to reconstruct the work I did over this week, so it's not 100%
necessary to do this.

That said, I've switched to FSFS repositories. I really want to feel
good about using SVN and hope that this won't happen to me again in
the future.

Gary Thomas <gary@mlbassoc.com>
MLB Associates
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Received on Fri Nov 26 23:20:51 2004

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