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Re: Some thoughts about .svn/text-base/

From: Olivier Sannier <obones_at_free.fr>
Date: 2005-06-08 22:16:02 CEST

Carsten Koch wrote:

> I believe efficient storage of data is the job of the file system,
> not the job of each and every single application.
> Reiserfs for example is doing that extremely well,
> is a good file system like reiserfs not available under Windows?

No. It's either NTFS or FAT, and they both have this problem. But ext2/3
have a similar issue by the way. And yes, the file system should cope
with that, but 99% of the persons in the world won't just change their

> Even if subversion would compress the "duplicate" copies in
> .svn/text-base,
> you would still have the normal files in your working copy that should
> cause the exact same problem under a poor file system, which again
> indicates that the problem should be solved on file system level,
> not on application level.

Yes, but what's the point of wasting resources on barely used files?
That's what I'm trying to explain here.

> Also, a 160GB disk costs 62 Euros here in Europe. At that price, I find
> it hard to justify the performance penalty just to save a few GB.

That's not the point really. It takes a lot of time to create so many
small files, and they are barely used. Creating a big file is much more
efficient, as it turns out. Plus not everyone lives in the "western"
world. Lots of users still care for every meg on their disks.


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