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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
filesystem.

> 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.

Cheers
Olivier

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