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svnadmin dump: deleted file order differs between original & mirrored repos

From: Dustin Lang <dstn_at_astro.princeton.edu>
Date: Mon, 28 May 2012 16:17:02 -0400 (EDT)


For backup purposes I keep a mirror of my svn repo. The mirror is
modified only by "svnsync", which runs hourly in a cron job.

In order to validate the mirror, I run an "svnadmin dump" on the mirror
and on the original, and assert that their md5sums are the same.

I am finding that in a few of the revisions in my history, in which a set
of files are deleted, the svndumps on the original & mirrored repos will
list the files in different orders, which of course makes the md5sums
different even though the repos appear to be in the same state.

Both the original & mirror are fsfs-format, and I'm using subversion-1.7.1
on both sides. (I just checked that subversion-1.7.5 does the same
thing.) The apr and other libs are likely different versions, though.

I tried to create a small test repo that demonstrates this behavior, but I
haven't been able to trigger it. Argh. I've been running this backup
approach for a long time and never seen this before, but it does show up
in a few revs in my repo. (The repo is available at
http://astrometry.net/svn, and rev 20053 shows this behavior, FWIW)

I added some debugging output to subversion/libsvn_delta/path_driver.c :
svn_delta_path_driver() and it does visit the deleted files in the same
order, but my guess is that since the deleted files get added to a hash
(subversion/libsvn_repos/dump.c : delete_entry(), pb->deleted_entries) and
then the hash gets iterated over later, in close_directory()), maybe the
order of hashkeys isn't defined, so the order they actually get written
out can vary. But I've spent a total of maybe 15 minutes working with the
subversionn/apr code so your guess is better than mine.

Suggestions on how to proceed would be appreciated. My first guess would
be to sort the deleted entries in close_directory() before writing them
out, or use a list-like rather than hash-like data structure to store the
delete entries.


Background: the dump is something like:

${SVNADMIN} dump -q --incremental -r 20000:HEAD ${MIRROR} | \
     grep -v Text-copy-source-md5 | \
     md5sum -

And I do the same on the remote side via ssh. The 20000 is there to make
it run faster; I keep archives of the svndumps up to 20k.

(This does mean that if there is a change to the original repo between the
svnsync and the svndump, the md5sums will come out different. This is a
low-traffic repo so I actually like the occasional false alarm: if your
smoke alarm goes off when you burn toast, at least you know it still

Received on 2012-05-30 02:11:33 CEST

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