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Re: Speeding up workspace

From: Toby Thain <toby_at_telegraphics.com.au>
Date: Fri, 6 Feb 2009 21:50:54 -0500

On 6-Feb-09, at 6:44 PM, Bert Huijben wrote:

> On Fri, Feb 6, 2009 at 10:37 PM, Mark Phippard <markphip_at_gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> On Fri, Feb 6, 2009 at 4:28 PM, Ruslan Sivak <russ_at_vshift.com> wrote:
>>> Toby Thain wrote:
>>>> Switch to Linux or OS X, which should be good for an immediate
>>>> 10-20x
>>>> speedup.
>>>> --Toby
>>> Do you have any benchmarks to back this up?
>> This isn't really Windows-bashing. The way SVN uses the local
>> filesystem is just orders of magnitude faster on Linux and OSX. Here
>> is a recent thread:
>> http://svn.haxx.se/users/archive-2009-01/0326.shtml
>> Back when I used to work on Windows, I would sometimes fire up Linux
>> in VMWare to test some Subclipse feature in Linux. The
>> performance of
>> Eclipse/SVN in that Linux VM blew away Windows running natively as
>> the
>> host. The performance difference is frankly shocking.
> I think this is really is 'Windows bashing' unless you have explicit
> numbers to prove it isn't.

Jonathan Taylor posted numbers (16 Jan), and the speedup was
confirmed by David Weintraub who moved his clients from Windows to

> Just saying NTFS is slow because subversion is slow on it doesn't
> prove anything. ...

It certainly does, if that's what you're actually using NTFS for.


> But please, if you can: show us where other performance issues are so
> we can fix them.
> Bert
>> I've been fortunate enough to be able to work on OSX the last two
>> years so those differences are mostly just a memory now.
>> If this is an option, it is worth trying. I think when SVN 1.7 rolls
>> around the differences in performance will be narrowed significantly
>> but Linux is likely to always be faster because its filesystems are
>> just generally faster than NTFS.
>> --
>> Thanks
>> Mark Phippard
>> http://markphip.blogspot.com/
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