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From Daniel Shahaf <>
Subject Re: inodes usage of svn server
Date Wed, 03 Jan 2018 09:09:14 GMT
Bo Berglund wrote on Wed, 03 Jan 2018 07:50 +0100:
> Is this a one-time cleanup operation or does it need to be executed
> regularly?


> I.e. does running "svnadmin pack" on the repo consolidate
> the many files into a smaller number of big files and set some
> repository property such that it will work that way in the future?

The former.

> This is what I found in svnbook 1.7 page 178:
> "By concatenating all the files of a completed
> shard into a single “pack” file and then removing the original
> per-revision files, svnadmin pack reduces the file count within a
> given shard down to just a single file."
> and
> "Repacking packed shards is legal, but will have no effect on the disk
> usage of the repository."
> What exactly is a "shard"?
> Is it one of the numerical directories each containing exactly 1000
> files?


> If so the "shard" storage on my repos seem to only cost at most 4%
> extra disk space compared to using a single file (comparing file sizes
> against disk usage).

The concern was inode usage, not disk space usage.  Packing reduces the
number of inodes by 99.8%.

> Or will compression of the "svnadmin pack" operation make the combined
> size of the files even smaller? I.e. it does not only save unused file
> allocation space but actually packs the content even better?

'svnadmin pack' neither recompresses nor redeltifies.  It just
concatenates the files.

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