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Re: cleaning fsfs for more free space

From: Saulius Grazulis <grazulis_at_akl.lt>
Date: 2005-03-22 10:56:43 CET

On Tuesday 22 March 2005 11:37, Dmitry wrote:

> Hello users,
> We deleted big files from svn repository, but folder with svn doesn't
> became smaller.

You mean 'svn del huge_file.dat'? If so it is still in the repository, you can
always check it out later. :)

> How can we make svn repository to become smaller after deletion? Because
> deleted files are not needed and they are really big?

AFAIU, the only clean way currently is to 'svn export' the whole repository,
edit the resulting (huge text) file to delete unwanted parts and then 'svn
import' it into a freshly created repository... (see documentation, this is

After all, repository *is* designed to keep all changes; what if half a year
later you will badly need the deleted huge files? ;)

And what about 'svnadmin deltify'? Would this reduce the space required by the
repository? (this is probably also described in the docs)

NOTE: I would really back up the repository, preferably on the write-once
media (CDs or DVDs) before attempting anything of the above... ;)


Saulius Gražulis
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