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RE: CVS history file size question?

From: Jim.Hyslop
Subject: RE: CVS history file size question?
Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2004 15:31:06 -0400

Courier wrote:
> So I am just little concern about what will happening to cvs if its
> history file is about 4GB or more?
> Does it matter with cvs related? or cvs treat as another 
> Linux file. That
> mean I just need more RAM and Faster CPU when history file 
> get larger and
> larger?
> Can some one give me an advise on this matter?
AFAIK it's just an ordinary file. You can always archive then truncate the
history file, so it doesn't get too big.

I'm surprised your file is so big. Ours was truncated last May, and it's
only 14MB now. We have over 100 developers, and the repository is (at last
count) over 35GB, with a lot of activity. You might consider restricting
some of the information that gets captured in the history file (see the
LogHistory entry at

Jim Hyslop
Senior Software Designer
Leitch Technology International Inc. (
Columnist, C/C++ Users Journal (

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