Re(2): Fwd:[cvsnt] Re: Performance problem with large f iles at at
Fri Oct 22 09:26:00 BST 2004

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I'm interrested in using an other method to store theses big files. Do you have
an idea of an alternate methode ?
The files I use are script files that are frequently updated (In this case CVs
fits well). These scripts use external exe files that can be very large.
I want to be certain that we I do a Checkout I get all the files that I need to
run the script.

Thanks for your help

Michel Leclerc

Tony Hoyle  (21/10/2004  16:40):
> at wrote:
>> Tony,
>> It seems that network speed is not the bottleneck. I've tried with a speed of
>> 10 Mbits, 100Mbits and gigabit and it does not make a big difference.
>> These large files are binary files and I don't understand why they require so
>> much CPU resources. Why CVs does require so much memory to handle these
>> Which amount of memory do I need to feel comfortable?
>It depends on the amount of activity going on at the same time, whether
>you're checking out HEAD, etc.
>A 270MB file will at a minimum use twice that size for checkout, then
>the disk space for the temporary file, before sending to the client.
>If you're not checking out HEAD you can double that memory requirement,
>at least.  If multiple users are going to be checking out
>simultaneously, multiply the whole thing by the number of users.
>A version control system doesn't simply store the files on disk, it has
>to calculate differences between versions and (during checkout)
>reconstruct the original file.  There are also some changes required by
>the RCS file format that mean you don't entirely get away with it even
>for HEAD.  The faster the CPU the better for this kind of thing - no
>matter how efficient the algorithm a file of that size is going to take
>a significant time to process.
>You may be better off using an alternate method of storing those files,
>as you're quickly going to end up with RCS files of several GB in size -
>this makes backup of those files difficult.
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