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From Cory Riddell <>
Subject Re: Does Subversion get slower over time?
Date Fri, 23 Sep 2011 21:16:14 GMT
On 9/23/2011 3:59 PM, Les Mikesell wrote:
> On Fri, Sep 23, 2011 at 3:37 PM, Cory Riddell <> wrote:
>> I'm thinking about committing all the third party libraries that our
>> application depends on to make it easier to checkout a buildable set of
>> files from the past.
>> Some of the libraries are around a gigabyte each. Right now our
>> repository has around a decade of history and is 5 GB. If we start
>> stuffing third party libraries into it, the repository could grow to 50
>> GB in a few years. Is a 50 GB repository going to be significantly
>> slower than our current 5 GB one?
> I'd be more concerned about future maintenance issues than operational
> speed.  A 50 GB repo is going to be substantially harder to deal with
> if you ever need to dump/filter/load to pull something out.  Why not
> use separate repositories and reference the components with externals?

Both you and Mark suggested I use externals. I've avoided using
externals because I've read more than one article advising against them.
I'm going to have to rethink this I guess. Can you use them without
abusing them?


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