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Re: Google desktop is evil!

From: Ben Collins-Sussman <sussman_at_collab.net>
Date: 2005-05-03 19:07:01 CEST

On May 3, 2005, at 10:28 AM, Ivan Dubrov wrote:

> Hello,
>
> Just some experience. During the conversion of repository from BDB to
> FSFS with svnadmin dump/svnadmin load pair I was getting an error
> like: "Can't remove 'some/db/transactions/72-1.txn: folder not empty",
> something like this. Luckily, my eye fell on the Google Desktop icon
> in the notify icons area. I've stopped indexing and everything worked!
>
> Moral: stop Google desktop indexing everytime you are doing complex
> file operations since it can prevent directories from being removed!
>
>

It's no more evil than any antivirus software, which also intercepts
file-writes. People get theses same sort of problems all the time with
antivirus software. A subversion process creates a file (or directory)
then rapidly tries to delete it, but fails because the antivirus
software (or indexing software) is still reading/examining the file.

I suspect similar things might happen with OSX Tiger's new 'spotlight'
feature.

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