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svn import hangs in fs type repository

From: v.kalra.w <vkalra_at_agere.com>
Date: 2005-09-27 22:18:49 CEST


We've been using subversion for some small projects and have been happy
enough with it that we want to move some of our big stuff under it.
Unfortunately, the very first such project has run into various
unexplained hangs at import time and some of the team members are having
second thoughts about it. I've googled for the scenarios and looked at
the mailing list archives, but I cannot seem to find anything similar
that others may have run across.

First the basics: We're trying to put about 10GB worth of data in about
6000 files under svn. The files are a mix of binary and ascii files,
mostly ascii. The repository type does NOT use Berkley DB -- We've tried
verisons 1.1.3 and 1.2.1, going over http or using the NFS file system
via the file:// mechanism, but in all cases, the import hangs part of
the way through the process. The whole process takes hours to go
through, so it is very frustrating to find it hang yet another time.

When using http, we're going to a machine running Solaris 8 running
Apache 2.0.54, but there's nothing in Apache logs to indicate any

Subversion 1.2.1 was compiled using BDB 4.2.52, though we're
using the FSFS backend.

The hangs do seem to happen moslty with somewhat large files (>10MB),
almost always binary (though not all the time). We were able to get it
all in once using *multiple* import statements - one per file (don't
ask), but realized afterwords that the various previous imports had
created .svn directories in the area being imported, and we ended up
importing all those in too, albeit with some error messages... :-(.

So we deleted that repository, tried again, only to get stuck with
importing stalling one more time.

We've requested our IT folks to install 1.2.3 to see if that would fix
the problems, but in the meantime, I'm hoping that I can get some help
here in trying to get this all to work. I only have a window of a few
more days before we throw up our collective hands and go back to
Synchronicity instead.

Any ideas?! Please help!

Thanks much

Vivek Kalra

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