Using Subversion for binary distribution?

Jan Grant jan.grant at
Fri May 25 10:59:01 UTC 2007

On Fri, 25 May 2007, Ivan Voras wrote:

> Brian Candler wrote:
> > Here's a wacky idea - I don't know if anyone's considered it before.
> > 
> > Suppose you checked a full *binary* FreeBSD distribution into Subversion
> > (that is, untar all the distribution bundles and then svn import)
> > Is there any value in pursuing this idea?
> Unless performance problems arise when there are several versions of 
> the ~~300 MB tree (for the base system) in the repository, this is 
> actually a nice idea!

Using fsfs I've done something similar. The major problem I had was that 
"large" transactions (revisions) tended to slow any operations that had 
to hunt through them to a crawl. Not completely sure that svn is the 
right vc tool for that, but with the "right" one it's an interesting 

jan grant, ISYS, University of Bristol.
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