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Subversion Workarea and "Lots of little files"

From: Ron Bieber <ron_at_bieberlabs.com>
Date: 2005-01-19 13:35:39 CET

We have run into a situation in which we have essentially "run out of
inodes" on the file system and I suspect that is due to the number of
small files stored on the file system when checking out a workarea.

Let me give some background. I have about 30 people using Subversion
on one Unix (Solaris 9) machine. The repository does not exist on this
machine. It is only a client. The home directory partition of >
30G. At any given point in time, each developer may be working on one
or more branches for a given set of tasks, and therefore require more
than one workarea each. At certain points people are getting 'No space
on device' errors during checkout of the repository even though there is
still a good 4-5G left on the device.

When presented with this behavior, our system admins did some research
and found that the file system had reached it's inode limit and we now
have to newfs the file system in order to increase the number of
available inodes available on the system.

So my question: Has anyone else witnessed this behavior, and if so,
are there plans at some point to make the SVN workarea a little more
lightweight. I know SVK has a more light weight work area, however I
do not want 30 mirrors of our repository sitting on this machine either
as we will quickly just plain run out of disk space.


-- Ron

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