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Berkeley is good stuff!

From: Soren 'Frank' Munch <sm_sbv_at_u5.com>
Date: 2005-07-01 22:01:19 CEST


reading the last postings one could get the idea that Subversion with Berkeley
is a risky affair.

We have been using Berkeley for 8 years or so, on dozens of servers, as a part
of Postfix, Postgres, MySQL, Cyrus and for about a year with Subversion on
FreeBSD. Some of the servers are having tens of thousands of pageloads pr.
day and handling an equal number of mails.

Status: We have never had a problem with Berkely, not one in all the time! It
sounds too good to be true, but it isn't. The only problem I recall - which
seems to have gone away - is numerous entries in syslog over several years
about hundreds of Berkeley 'lockers'.

This despite all the occasional problems one can expect, like a server crash
now and then. I have repaired quite a couple of MySQL dbs over time, a few
Postgres ditto but have yet to gain any experience with repairing Berkeley
(or Svn for that matter).

A couple of recent posters report problems using OS X, maybe there's a problem
on this system. So some have other experiences with Berkeley/Svn, but
considering the services already done by this combination the strong
statements we have seen seems really misleading.

I think it is far more correct to claim that if you are using Svn+Berkeley you
are very unlikely to experience any problems. At the same time I could
imagine that fsfs is a better choice for most average size reps. I have a gut
feeling that Berkely is a little big and complicated and with some known
drawbacks (of which instability is _not_ one, unless the whole system
crashes). Should I one day find the time I might migrate our old reps.


Soren 'Frank'

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