[GRASS-dev] Question about SVN access via Trac

Frank Warmerdam warmerdam at pobox.com
Tue Dec 11 11:18:38 EST 2007

Moritz Lennert wrote:

>> Michael,
>> A number of projects run cronjobs on download.osgeo.org to prepare night
>> SVN snapshots.  Would this satisfy the need you see?  I can work with 
>> anyone
>> interested in setting this up.
> I think that a 'download tarball' button would be nice, as this allows 
> to download a tarball of just any directory you want.
> This seems to be implemented in Trac, but needs to be configured via the 
> 'downloadable_paths' variable. See 
> http://trac.edgewall.org/wiki/TracIni#svn.


I reviewed this and it appears this just gives the one-file-at-a-time
downloading option.  It does not appear to allow downloading directories
and directory trees as a tarball.

> But it's obviously also a question of resource usage this might imply 
> for the osgeo server.

We do disallow robots into many parts of Trac to avoid big downloads.
We used to have a lot of problems with google and other robots requesting
huge version diffs (ie. between r1 and r20000 on /trunk!) during their
scans.  In many cases this produced multi-gigabyte diffs and would crash
the main server.

Beyond that it isn't such an issue.  But given that Trac does not seem
to provide the desired service, I think we are back to preparing
nightly tarballs.

Best regards,
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