[cvsnt] Performance problem with pserver protocol

Tim Chippington Derrick tim at chippingtonderrick.co.uk
Fri Apr 28 22:45:52 BST 2006

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We are using CVSNT on what sounds like a similar configuration, with 
the pserver protocol (although we are looking at other protocols 
too). Our server is an old 400 MHz P2 with 256 MB ram admittedly 
running Win Server 2k3 with 2 different SQLServer instances (1 SQL 2K 
and 1 SQL 2K5) and terminal services and several other things 
running; and the clients are newish laptops running WinCVS and it 
works fine - I can check out projects with maybe 200 files in just a 
few seconds. We are also running antivirus and software firewalls on 
all machines. Maybe there is some other configuration issue on your 
machines, but we haven't found pserver to be slow.


At 22:09 28/04/2006, you wrote:
>A couple of weeks ago I installed a CVSNT server (2.5.03 build 2151) on a
>Win XP SP2 machine and configured it for using pserver (I had already done
>this several times without any problem with older CVSNT versions). But now
>we are having serious performance issues with the pserver users as, for
>example, a simple project checkout can take nearly 10 minutes (when it only
>takes less than 30 seconds with the CVSNT Admin user that doesn't use
>pserver). The network performance is not very good and the CVSNT server is
>installed in a loaded machine which is also used for everyday work (has
>Eclipse, Tomcat, an antivirus, etc). I disabled everything but the
>antivirus (I'm not allowed) and the problem continues.
>I looked at pserver alternatives and sspi and sserver appeared at me. It
>looks like sserver is pretty similar, but may it have better performance???
>if not, whick protocol do you think can give me the best performance???.
>I'm not interested in accessing the repository from outside the local
>network, but it would be good for me not to tie CVS users to NT ones.
>I hope someone can give me a hint on this and help me.
>Thanks in advanced,
>Martin G
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