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Re: windows vs linux

From: Mark Reibert <svn_at_reibert.com>
Date: 2007-09-13 10:05:36 CEST

On Thu, 2007-09-13 at 00:46 -0700, Jared Hardy wrote:
> On 9/11/07, Mark Reibert <mark@reibert.com> wrote:
> > Indeed - I am interested in authentication against an ADS from the Linux
> > Apache/SVN server.
> It sounds like integration with ADS authentication is an externally
> forced requirement, but I just had to ask, do you really have to use
> ADS? I'm using an LDAP2/Samba3 on a SuSE Enterprise Linux server to

The last time I needed to set this up I was working for a 80,000 person
company. The corporate infrastructure was Windows ... period. I was able
to get a couple of things done "out of band", like putting a Linux SVN
server on the network, but effecting any change to the Windows network
required an act of God (or whatever supernatural being tickles your

In a prior post Rainer noted the user stored in the conf file should be
a special account with permissions only to bind to the LDAP server
(since a passwd needs to be stored). Try justifying getting that account
created with the IT department of an 80,000 person company!

> Also, Nathan Kidd mentioned this, but I wanted to relate my
> experience... NEVER browse the svn repository revs folder on a Windows
> install, with M$ File Explorer. When the number of files and folders 1
> level deep under a single folder exceeds about 512, any NTFS scans in
> that folder slow to a crawl. When the file number exceeds about 2K, I
> have seen 2K3 servers with 4GB of RAM blue-screen immediately, just by
> running "dir *".Browsing the same folders with File Explorer has
> frozen the servers completely -- requiring a power cycle to get them
> running again. NTFS is horrible with small files, and unusable when
> thousands of files of any size all reside in a single folder.

Good advice. But I have to ask, why is the repository revs folder
"browsable" by a Windows client? It seems you would not want to share
that directory via Samba.


Mark S. Reibert, Ph.D.
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