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Re: working copy on NFS

From: Daniel Berlin <dberlin_at_dberlin.org>
Date: 2005-11-24 03:30:58 CET

On Wed, 2005-11-23 at 17:13 +0100, Vincent Lefevre wrote:
> On 2005-11-23 15:30:19 +0100, Daniel Drotos wrote:
> > The book mentions that the repository should be created on a local
> > filesystem.
> Is it also true for FSFS?
> > What about the working copy?
> No problem, except for the well-known problems of NFS.

Actually, we explicitly say it work in the FAQ:
Working copies can be stored on NFS (one common scenario is when your
home directory is on a NFS server). On Linux NFS servers, due to the
volume of renames used internally in Subversion when checking out files,
some users have reported that 'subtree checking' should be disabled
(it's enabled by default). Please see NFS Howto Server Guide and
exports(5) for more information on how to disable subtree checking.

And on IRC, it has been used as a reason why we do locking the way we
So if it doesn't actually work to store a working copy on NFS, we
should either

1. Fix it


2. Use real locks, and stop claiming storing working copy works on NFS
on nfs implementations where locking doesn't work.

(I actually think #2 is the better solution, because i think that we
shouldn't work around everybody elses bugs, particularly when it causes
large performance loss for us)

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