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Re: Subversion/Eclipse Performance on Windows

From: Toby Thain <toby_at_telegraphics.com.au>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2009 11:06:14 -0500

On 28-Jan-09, at 9:49 AM, David Weintraub wrote:

> On Wed, Jan 28, 2009 at 5:12 AM, Bolstridge, Andrew
>> There are a couple of tricks to speed up NTFS.
> My favorite is to install Linux over the NTFS partition ;-).
> The major problem is Windows playing mucky-mucky on the Subversion
> files. Every time a new file is created, Window Virus scanners scan it
> for viruses. ...
> If you have Windows Indexing suddenly trying to index a few thousand
> new files, you'll have even more problems. ...
> If possible, turn off virus scanning and Indexing on the directories
> where you do your checkouts.
> Fortunately, I was in the position where my development system didn't
> need Windows on it. I was able to install Fedora and that really sped
> things up.

I assume you saw the 10-fold (or better) increase in speed that
Jonathan Taylor measured?

I am sure that Reiser 3 would be even faster (if I recollect my own
experiences upgrading old RedHat systems to Gentoo+r3, I wouldn't be
surprised to see at least a further doubling of bulk working copy
operations versus ext2/3).

It strikes me that this information (that Linux/UNIX is 10-20x as
fast as Windows when working with Subversion working copies) should
be mentioned more prominently in the manual or FAQ. That factor must
soon have a tangible effect on productivity.

 From other recent threads here it appears there are also substantial
performance benefits to serving from Linux/UNIX (in addition to all
the well known reliability/maintainability benefits).


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