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Re: Preferred Subversion 1.13 MPM

From: Johan Corveleyn <jcorvel_at_gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2020 14:35:09 +0200

On Tue, Apr 14, 2020 at 10:25 AM Carmen Alzzer <carmen_at_gisit.dk> wrote:
> helo friends,
> while this is still hot on here - can you please tip in how your MPM are
> handled? also if you have thoughts upon reading my setup, i would be
> delighted to hear from you :)
> cheers
> Carmen

Hi Carmen,

[ Sidenote: we prefer "bottom-posting" or "inline replying" on this list. ]

I have never looked at tweaking the MPM myself, and I have not yet
seen much discussion about it here. We're using the defaults of our
distribution (we use a CollabNet package of SVN, which includes httpd
2.2.23), which is prefork (with default settings). We're running it on
a VM with 4 Intel Xeon CPU's and 8 GB RAM, running Ubuntu 16.04. I
think the MPM will not be a big performance factor in most cases. IMHO
the things with the most impact on performance are not MPM-related
(and some are more client related). So, following Stefan, I would
suggest first making sure the "known performance knobs" are in order.
I'll try to give you "my list" here below.

In my experience, the most important things for SVN performance are:

Server side:
    - httpd config:
        MaxKeepAliveRequests 10000 (or higher, we use 20000) [1]
        SVNInMemoryCacheSize 131072 (=128 MB -- or higher if you have
enough RAM), or some suitable value [2]
        Cache authentication results (LDAP caching) (though I believe
this is less important if KeepAlive works well)
    - If you don't need path-based authorization, disable it
(SVNPathAuthz off). If you have to use path-based authz, try
"SVNPathAutzh short_circuit" [3].
    - FSFS back-end must be on fast storage, accessible by the server
as a local disk (not NFS / SMB mounted -- that's way too slow)
    - Use FSFS format 8 with lz4 compression, and do a full dump &
load to this format if you can. (see [4] for a step-by-step guide)
    - 'svnadmin pack' your repositories regularly (we use a nighly
cron job for this)
    - If you have problems with commit performance, check your hook
scripts (start-commit, pre-commit, post-commit) for any custom code
that could be slowing things down too much (be very careful if you
loop over all changes in a commit, and do $stuff for every modified /
added / deleted file ... this scales with the size of your commit, so
make sure $stuff is as fast as possible, and avoid unnecessary work
(early-exit wherever you can)). If you're not sure, try to inject some
measurement code in your hook scripts [5].

Client side:
    - Make sure they use recent clients! At least 1.10, preferably
even the latest (1.13).
    - If a working copy acts really slow, ask them to run "svn
cleanup" (cleaning up the pristine store, and most importantly fixing
the timestamps of the files in the svn metadata). This is especially
important if they have copied over their (large) working copy from one
disk to another (depending on how this is done, this gives all files a
new lastmod-time, which makes the working copy very slow because svn
cannot use its metadata anymore as a shortcut to see if a file was
modified ... it has to read + checksum every file on many operations).
    - Avoid using working copies on networked drives (NFS, CIFS, ...).
This can be really slow.
    - If you really must use a networked location for your working
copy, try if it helps if you put "exclusive-locking = true" in the
[working-copy] section of the ~/.subversion/config (*nix) or
%APPDATA%/Subversion/config (Windows). [6]

Client-Server network:
    - Be very wary of proxies etc. If you're running a corporate
installation, try to arrange that your clients can connect directly to
the svn server.
    - On a LAN, of course wired works best (1 Gbit, or even 100 Mbit).
But wireless (if enough capacity) works fine too. These days, most of
our users are working from home over VPN, and that works very well

[1] https://subversion.apache.org/docs/release-notes/1.8.html#neon-deleted
[2] https://subversion.apache.org/docs/release-notes/1.7.html#server-performance-tuning
[3] http://svnbook.red-bean.com/nightly/en/svn.serverconfig.httpd.html#svn.serverconfig.httpd.ref.mod_dav_svn
[4] https://subversion.apache.org/faq.html#dumpload
[5] I'm using this helper code in my pre-commit hook (in Bourne shell):

    if [ $DEBUG ]
        START_DATE=`date +'%F %T'`
        START=`/usr/local/perl/bin/perl -MTime::HiRes -e 'print
        AUTHOR=`$SVNLOOK author $REPOS -t $TXN`
        CHANGED=`$SVNLOOK changed $REPOS -t $TXN`
        export CHANGED # Export so it can be reused (other scripts
check for this variable)
        NR_CHANGES=`echo "$CHANGED" | wc -l`

# logEndAndExit $exitCode
# Logs the end of the script with timing information, and exits with $exitCode
    if [ $DEBUG ]
        ELAPSED=`/usr/local/perl/bin/perl -MTime::HiRes -e 'printf
("%.3f", Time::HiRes::gettimeofday - $ARGV[0])' $START`
        # start-datetime end-datetime author nr-changes txn-key
exit-code elapsed-millis
        echo "$START_DATE\t`date +'%F %T'`\t$AUTHOR
    exit $EXIT_CODE


# Do useful stuff. If exiting with an error, invoke logEndAndExit $errorcode

logEndAndExit 0

(of course, make sure the $REPOS/hooks/logs directory exists and is
writable by the server process)

In the post-commit hook I have similar code, except using $REV instead
of $TXN, and writing to post-commit.log instead of pre-commit.log of
In the start-commit log I only have this simple line to track when it
was run (the contents of the script are negligible):
    START_DATE=`date +'%F %T'`
    echo "$START_DATE\t`date +'%F %T'`\t$USER" >>

You can use the users and timestamps, and $TXN and $REV numbers to
correlate things to each other, so you can see when a particular user
entered the start-commit phase, and started and left the pre-commit
and the post-commit. That's useful when investigating concrete
complaints. Further: the time between start-commit and pre-commit is
also quite interesting, as that's the point when file contents are
being transferred and a transaction is built up on the server; and
time between pre-commit and post-commit is the time the server needed
to make an actual revision out of the transaction.

[6] https://subversion.apache.org/docs/release-notes/1.8.html#exclusivelocking

PS: If someone wants to add this to some (wiki) page, faq, ... go
right ahead :-).

Received on 2020-04-15 14:42:16 CEST

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