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Re: Recover after HD crash (SVN with FSFS backend)

From: Giovanni Bajo <rasky_at_develer.com>
Date: 2006-05-09 00:54:48 CEST

Ryan Schmidt <subversion-2006q2@ryandesign.com> wrote:

>> I'm running a SVN 1.3.1 server (under Apache) with FSFS backend.
>> After a HD
>> crash, we recovered the server status as 3-4 days before the crash.
>> Thus, we've
>> lost the last 100 revisions in the server. We didn't lose any
>> actual data
>> though, since we have many working copies of the various projects
>> updated to
>> the last version before the crash.
>> The question is: is there a way to extract these data from the
>> working copies
>> and put it back into the server, in a way *not* to invalidate all
>> the working
>> copies?
> I don't think so.

After much experimentation, I gave up and had to ask my users to destroy their
working copy.

This is however a very critical point. Nowhere it is documented that Subversion
needs to be backed up *every single* revision, or you are going to lose all
your working copies in case of HD crashes. I guess this should be spelled out
very clearly in the SVN book and documentation. In fact, I'm trying to setup a
backup system as post-commit hook, as doing it daily or weekly is basically

Giovanni Bajo

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