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From Ivan Zhakov <>
Subject Re: Bulk copying revprops
Date Wed, 05 Aug 2015 12:05:08 GMT
On 24 July 2015 at 22:58, Philip Martin <> wrote:
> [Arising from some discussion on IRC today.]
> I've been considering the problem of a dump/load upgrade for a
> repository with a large number of revisions.  To minimise downtime the
> initial dump/load would be carried out while the original repository
> remains live.  When the load finishes the new repository is already
> out-of-date so an incremental dump/load is carried out.  When this
> second load finishes the original repository is taken offline and we
> want to bring the new repository online as quickly as possible.  A final
> incremental dump/load is required but that only involves a small number
> of revisions and so is fast.  The remaining problems are locks and
> revprops.
> We do not have tools to handle locks so the options are: a) drop all the
> locks, or b) copy/move the whole db/locks subdir.  I'm not really
> interested in locks at present.
> Revprops are more of a problem.  Most revprops are up-to-date but a
> small number may be out-of-date.  The problem is we do not know which
> revprops are out-of-date.  Is there a reliable and efficient way to
> bring the revprops up-to-date?  We could attempt to disable and/or track
> revprop changes during the load but this is not reliable.  Post- hooks
> are not 100% reliable and revprop changes can bypass the hooks.  We
> could attempt to copy/move the whole revprops subdir that is not always
> possible if the repository formats are different.
> One general solution is to use svnsync to bulk copy the revprops:
>   ln -sf /bin/true dst/hooks/pre-revprop-change
>   svnsync initialize --allow-non-empty file:///src file:///dst
>   svnsync copy-revprops file:///src file:///dst
> This isn't very fast, I get about 2,000 revisions a minute for
> repositories on an SSD.  There are typically three revprops per
> revisions and the FS/RA API change one at time.  Each change must run
> the mandatory pre-revprop-change hook and fsync() the repository.
> svnsync has a simple algorithm that writes every revprop for each
> revision.
> A repository with a million revisions svnsync would invoke three million
> processes to run the hooks and three million fsync().  Typically, most
> of this work is useless because most of the revprops already match.
> I wrote a script using the Python FS bindings (see below). This avoids
> the hooks and also elides the writes when the values already match.
> Typically this just has to read and so will process several hundred
> thousand revisions a minute.  This will reliably update a million
> revisions in minutes.
> I was thinking that perhaps we ought to provide a more accessible way to
> do this.  First, modify the FS implementations to detect when a change
> is a noop that doesn't modify a value and skip all the writing.  Second
> provide some new admin commands to dump/load revprops:
>   svnadmin dump-revprops repo | svnadmin load-revprops repo
May be use existing 'load' subcommand with '--revprops-only' switch to
load revprops instead of new subcommand? I.e.:
  svnadmin dump --revprops-only | svnadmin load --revprops-only

Ivan Zhakov

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