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From: Henrik Sundberg (storangen_at_[hidden])
Date: 2007-08-01 03:57:28

2007/8/1, David A. Greene <greened_at_[hidden]>:
> On Tuesday 31 July 2007 18:12, Douglas Gregor wrote:
> > On Jul 31, 2007, at 7:08 PM, Douglas Gregor wrote:
> > > Here's my theory: you are checking out a large repository to a
> > > networked filesystem, say, NFS. The Subversion client downloads a ton
> > > of data and writes it to many, many small files. The networked
> > > filesystem slows to a crawl under the load (creating many small files
> > > is a particularly bad case for many networked file systems), and
> > > essentially the Subversion client can't keep up with the server that
> > > is feeding its data. After a while, the Subversion server gets bored
> > > of waiting for the client and closes the connection.
> I absolutely agree with your diagnosis.
> The problem with Subversion is not the timeouts per se. If that's
> all that happened, it would be an annoyance.
> The problem with Subversion is that these timeouts can sometimes
> cause working directory corruption. That is absolutely, positively
> unacceptable for anyone doing critical work. Note that I'm not
> talking about errors from the network filesystem itself (broken
> connections causing errors on file I/O, etc.). I'm talking about http
> protocol timeouts. Subversion should be resilient enough to exit
> gracefully under such circumstances and it doesn't always do that.

The FAQ mentions some pitfalls:


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