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From Les Mikesell <>
Subject Re: Support for filesystem snapshots (?)
Date Mon, 02 Aug 2010 17:16:47 GMT
On 8/2/2010 11:42 AM, Vallon, Justin wrote:
> I did see that discussion, but it seems to contradict with the claim that the database
operations are transactional.
> So, my follow up is:  If I unplug the network cable between svn-commiter and filesystem,
will the repository be corrupt?
> If yes, then the underlying database is not atomic and therefore not transactional.
> If no, then the server can take a snapshot at any point in time, and the snapshot is
guaranteed to be consistent.

That's not a good match for the operations at least in server-mode 
operations since the server can notice the disconnect and back out 
failed transactions.  And even with file-mapped connections, the 
committing client should know that the commit did not complete.

A better match for comparison would be what happens if the server 
crashes mid-transaction.  A backup taken with the server active might 
catch the same state.  So the more relevant question would be if the 
repository will always be consistent after a server crash.

   Les Mikesell

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