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Working around presumed svndumpfilter memory leak

From: Kim Sparrow <ksparrow_at_lightpointe.com>
Date: 2004-12-21 02:02:03 CET

First, a little background: a coworker of mine put half a gig of static
data into our repository (twice!) and now the repository is about 1.2 GB
instead of ~100MB. Doh. This might not be a problem, except that
the repository gets a nightly backup to our corporate server, and three
weeks of backups are kept. You do the math, it's pretty big.

So what I want to do is to use svndumpfilter to exclude the offending
files, exept it bombs out at the first of the two commits after a couple
minutes, simply saying "abnormal program termination". I found bug 1899
which may be the culprit. In this bug report, it's a single large file
used with 'include'. In my situation it's hundreds of 2-5MB files that
I want to exclude, while there are other files in the same commit that I
want to keep.

Regardless of the source of the problem, does anybody have any
suggestions to work around this? I suppose I could manually edit the
dumpfile, but I don't relish the thought of removing several hundred
large entries from a 1.2 gig dumpfile! I don't even have an editor that
will handle a file of that size!


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