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RE: Probleme using CVS

From: Jim.Hyslop
Subject: RE: Probleme using CVS
Date: Fri, 23 Jul 2004 11:25:03 -0400

[note: restoring info-cvs to recipient list]

address@hidden wrote:
> When i add the file how have size equal or more than 500 Mo, 
> the cvs serve take 
> a long time to do it.
> and after when aske the database cvsrepostory i didn't found it.
> but i have no error message!!. 
BTW, am I correct in assuming "Mo" means "megabytes"?

The fact that your files smaller than 500MB work, seems to suggest that your
server is running out of memory, or out of temporary disk space, or some
other resource.

When the CVS server is checking files in and out, it needs enough memory to
hold the entire repository file in memory. So, if you check in a 500MB
binary file four times, you will need up to 2GB of virtual memory available.

This all leads back to the other question I asked: *WHY* are you trying to
version control a 500MB file? Trying to do this is almost always a sign that
you have not thought out your configuration management strategy completely.

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


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