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From Markus Schaber <>
Subject AW: Merge ra-reuse-session branch to trunk or not?
Date Fri, 18 Sep 2015 08:43:20 GMT

Von: Ivan Zhakov []
> On 17 September 2015 at 21:53, Philip Martin <>
> wrote:
> > Ivan Zhakov <> writes:
> >
> >> I think now is good moment to discuss whether we should merge
> >> ra-reuse-session [1] branch to trunk or not: it's better to merge
> >> such branch in the beginning of release cycle, to have more time to
> >> test and dogfood.
> >
> > +1 to merge.
> >
> >> Cons:
> >> - In makes behavior less stable. RA session pool doesn't reuse
> >> sessions that was unused for some time to avoid timeout issues
> >> - There is the chance that we will try to reuse 'broken' RA session
> >> due the bug and operation will fail
> >
> > Do you have a plan to fix this?
> I don't have specific to fix bug that didn't happen. But if we got one we
> have two directions:
> - Do not release RA session back to pool in specific case where we get it
> broken
> - Make RA session more resilent to errors. There is no reason why ra_svn
> cannot reconnect after TCP connection times out or something.
> > Detect the error from a broken RA
> > session and create another?  Track the time when the session was last
> > used?  Something else?
> >
> Current implementation tracks last time when session was used and do not
> reuse RA sessions that was inactive for 5 minutes.

I created some of my own session reuse logic for the SharpSVN "SvnRemoteSession" which is
a wrapper around the RA sessions. For "connectionless" sessions like http(s), I just reuse
them, while for "connection" sessions (svn:// and especially svn+ssh://), is end a small "ping"
in form of an "stat" request to validate that the session is still active. This gives me a
high reliability, and a huge speedup over creating a new session (especially for ssh connections),
but still have the guarantee that I won't hand out sessions which are totally broken.

Maybe some similar scheme can be used here, possibly with a small time period after last successful
usage where the revalidation may be skipped.

Best regards

Markus Schaber

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