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Re: Why doesn't svn use /tmp for temporary files ?

From: Garrett Rooney <rooneg_at_electricjellyfish.net>
Date: 2006-05-11 18:16:34 CEST

On 5/11/06, subversion.mexon@spamgourmet.com
<subversion.mexon@spamgourmet.com> wrote:
> Just a question, because I tripped over this and found it very
> irritating. I've never used Subversion before, but have used CVS a lot.
> I was going through the tutorial, importing a simple project, but
> instead of using -m to put a comment on the command line, I left it off
> so that it would bring up an editor (I'm a verbose guy, I like
> multi-line comments). Subversion appears to use the CWD to hold the
> comment file in this situation, meaning:
> 1) If I am importing the local directory, ".", I get a spurious file
> svn-commit.tmp added to the repository. Googling online, I found
> hundreds of "Deleted spurious svn-commit.tmp file" commit lines in
> various people's repositories, so this problem seems pretty widespread.
> 2) I can't be in the root directory and run "svn import
> ~/temp/myprojfect file:///~/repository/myproject", because I don't have
> permission to create svn-commit.tmp.
> So why doesn't Subversion behave like CVS, and indeed every other unix
> program, and use /tmp for temporary files? It seemed pretty
> counterintuitive.
> It's svn version 1.1.4. I expected this to be an FAQ, but I couldn't
> see anything there.

Subversion often atomically copies temporary files into place, so that
you either see all of a file or none of it. This doesn't work if
you're copying between two filesystems, and since /tmp is often on a
different filesystem than your working copy, that would be a problem.


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