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Re: svnadmin dump on live repository

From: Ben Collins-Sussman <sussman_at_collab.net>
Date: 2005-06-25 15:56:13 CEST

On Jun 24, 2005, at 9:07 PM, Chris Jensen wrote:

> Hi,
> Just curious, is performing "svnadmin dump" on a repository that
> may also be accessed by users (over webdav) safe?
> Is there any reason it shouldn't be done?

It's perfectly fine. It's no different than running 'svn checkout
file:///' in a loop, over each revision. All sorts of other reads/
writes can be happening at the same time from other servers. The
nice thing about the repository's architecture is that readers are
*never* blocked, ever.

> The book doesn't seem to say one way or another. Though I've
> noticed users mentioning that their backup solutions involve using
> "svn-hot-backup" and then running "svnadmin dump" off the hot
> backup rather than the live repository.

Hot backup is just a way of copying db files in a specific order, so
as to guarantee that your backup remains consistent. If the
repository is offline, then 'cp -R' is all you need.

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