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Re: Linux prefered for running Subversion : call for testimonials

From: Andy Levy <andy.levy_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2007-11-14 13:01:33 CET

On Nov 14, 2007 6:11 AM, Roth, Pierre <pierre.roth@covidien.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> After one year in my new company, I finally succeeded in convincing my
> software department manager to switch from Visual Source Safe to
> Subversion. I just have then to convince my IT department to make it
> run on a Linux server instead of a Windows server (clients are running
> under Windows XP).
> I would like then to compile into a single short document all the pro's
> for running the subversion server on a Linux machine.
> I've read the archives and found some ideas.
> I intiate the list by topic ...
> 1- Scripting :
> 1-a : Scripting languages are easier to setup/develop under *nix
> systems. Implementing fine-tuned hooks (server side) is more comfortable
> in a *nix environment.
> reference :
> http://osdir.com/ml/version-control.subversion.vss2svn.user/2006-12/msg0
> 0055.html
> 1-b : to be continued...

While somewhat true, Perl, Python and other scripting languages are
readily available for Windows as well.

> 2- Performance :
> 2-a : "NTFS Filesystem does not seem to perform well with large bnumber
> of small filles" (I can't confirm it since I absolutely does not know
> Windows NTFS capabilities)
> reference :
> http://subversion.tigris.org/servlets/ReadMsg?list=users&&msgNo=61947

This will be mitigated with SVN 1.5's "sharding" IIRC - revision files
will be broken out into subdirectories of 1000 each.

If your shop doesn't have a large amount of Linux knowledge in-house
and prefers Windows servers, stick with Windows. Subversion runs very
well on Windows (maybe not AS WELL as on Linux, but probably 90% of
the way there), especially if you use Apache. You don't want to be
stuck being the only guy in the building who knows how to manage the
server because you pushed for Linux and no one else knows how to admin

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