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Re: Binary File Storage on CVS - Space Questions (fwd)

From: Kaz Kylheku
Subject: Re: Binary File Storage on CVS - Space Questions (fwd)
Date: Thu, 11 Apr 2002 09:12:06 -0700 (PDT)

On Wed, 10 Apr 2002, Witchman wrote:

> Date: Wed, 10 Apr 2002 21:42:04 -0400
> From: Witchman <address@hidden>
> To: 'Kaz Kylheku' <address@hidden>
> Subject: [SPAM] RE: Binary File Storage on CVS - Space Questions
> Kaz,
> Thanks for the response.   What kind of behavior will I see over time
> with additional additions and deletions?  I will see the same kind of
> space usage that I would normally expect from a text file?  That seems
> to be the what your reply suggests.

No; I hope my reply suggests that you were only lucky. It depends
entirely on the properties of what you are storing. In general, it's
quite bad. For example, I have seen files with two megabyte checkout
sizes take up 90 megabytes in the repository.

Really, people should try to avoid putting binary files into CVS.
There are other problems, such as binary files not being susceptible
to merging, which interferes with parallel development.

Meta-CVS: solid version control tool with directory structure versioning.

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