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From Justin Connell <>
Subject Re: svnadmin dump runs out of memory...
Date Fri, 19 Feb 2010 19:53:08 GMT
Trent Fisher wrote:
> I was going to do a dump/load sequence on a large repository to 
> rearrange things.  I got an "out of memory" error!  At first I thought 
> it was sloppiness in my perl script doing the filtering, but, no, it 
> was "svnadmin dump" which ran out of memory!  What's worse is it seems 
> the "out of memory" error was printed on stdout rather than stderr.
> I've been able to reproduce this. I've done this three times and each 
> time it gets to the revision 54942 (out of 181168), at that time it is 
> taking up 3.1 gigs of memory (VmSize).
> Admittedly, I am doing this on a test machine which doesn't have a ton 
> of memory (4 gigs physical + 10 gigs swap). It would take more to run 
> the main server out of memory (it has 32+16 gigs). But the concerning 
> thing is that it is seems that it is possible to do so, given a large 
> enough repository.
> Is this a known problem, or is it just me?
> FYI, this is with Subversion 1.6.5 on an Oracle (Red Hat) Enterprise 
> Linux 4 update 7 machine.
> ++thanks,
> trent...
Hi Trent
I have had similar experience with huge repos (150 GB). To handle this 
have you considered using incremental dumps?
ie svnadmin dump /path/to/repo --revision x:y --incremental > dump1


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