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Some thoughts about .svn/text-base/

From: Olivier Sannier <obones_at_free.fr>
Date: 2005-06-08 20:59:13 CEST

Hi all

I've posted a while ago about the fact that I would like to be able to
get rid of the "duplicate" copy of all my files that can be found in
This request has been discussed here and there a number of times, and
after having been using SVN on real projects for a while, I must say
that I have mixed feelings about this.
The good thing is that a number of operations require no network at all,
diff being the most important one in my case.
The bad thing is that it's a hard drive killer, because source files are
usually small and under the cluster size (FAT or NTFS filesystem, I'm
under Windows).

Thing is, I'm more and more in favor of keeping the text-base version,
but I would like it to have a smaller impact on the filesystem. I
haven't had a look at the svn client code, but I was wondering if it
would be at all possible to simply compress (zip, gzip, or simple tar?)
the content of that folder. One big file with everything in it, instead
of a whole lot of separate files. Basically, the compression would be
"hooked" in the middle of the process, being somewhat transparent to the
other APIs.
Sure, there is an additional load and delay induced from this, but I
think it would be hardly noticeable for an everyday use.

Does this sound at all feasible?


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