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Re: svn machines/service

From: Ryan Schmidt <subversion-2007b_at_ryandesign.com>
Date: 2007-09-10 23:40:30 CEST

On Sep 10, 2007, at 06:54, Jan-H. Jagla wrote:

> I've a question that (I know) was already (partly) discussed but
> I'd like to hear some recent opinions on how and where to setup a
> professional svn environment.
> Since our development team is partly located in Europe and partly
> in the US we thought of renting two machines (one in the US one in
> Europe). Depending on the workload one the machines would be the
> master, the other one the slave.

Subversion doesn't support that kind of setup natively. You may want
to look into WANdisco, which costs money but which may do what you want:


I've never used it, just heard of it. There was also a free product
called Pushmi doing something similar that was recently announced on
this list:


But I would rather encourage you to try just having a single
repository server somewhere. Subversion is designed to work well over
less-than-ideal networks and so forth. Consider the Apache
Foundation, which has a single repository for all its projects which
serves developers around the world. The U.S. is probably the best
place to host such a repository, as I believe I've heard that many
countries' Internet connections to the U.S. are bigger than their
connections to their closer neighbors.

> Now my questions are
> 1. Would you suggest dedicated servers or virtual private machines?
> More precise, can you recommend a certain provider or is there even
> a provider with special subversion support?

There are providers offering Subversion hosting. See the links section:


I have no experience with any of them.

> 2. Would you rather choose Debian or Suse?

I have used neither. But Subversion should work on a wide variety of
OSes, including Linux, *BSD, Mac OS X, Windows...

> 3. What is the minimum specification in terms of speed and RAM? I
> recognized that svnsync can be quite claiming in terms of memory.

It depends on how much data you'll be storing, how active your
repositories will be, how many active developers you'll have at a
time, and so forth.

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