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SubjectRe: A simple request (was Re: boring BK stats)
Larry McVoy wrote:
>>The laptop has 200MB RAM, and mozilla and a ton of xterms loaded. IDE
>>drives w/ Intel PIIX4 controller. The Dual Athlon has 512MB RAM, and I
>>forget what kind of IDE controller -- I think AMD. IDE drives as well.
>>BitKeeper must scan the entire tree when doing a checkin or checkout, so
>>that is impossible to optimize at the SCM level without compromising
>>features... if your source tree takes up ~190MB on disk, you have 200MB
>>of RAM total, and you need to sequentially scan the entire thing, there
>>is nothing that can be done at either the OS or app level... You're just
>>screwed. Things are extremely fast on the Dual Athlon because the
>>entire tree is in RAM.
> In low memory situations you really want to run the tree compressed.
> ON a fast machine do a "bk -r admin -Z" and then clone that onto your
> laptop. I think that will drop the tree to about 145MB which will
> help, maybe. I suspect that you use enough of the rest of your 200MB
> that it still won't fit.

Yeah, I don't think that will help at all, given that X and KDE and all
its acoutrements are loaded... I would rather run uncompressed anyway :)

> For the checkouts, always do a "bk -r get -S" the -S doesn't check out the
> file again if it is already there. We could make that the default but
> it is an interface change. A fairly minor one though.

I do "bk -r co -Sq", is the above faster than that?

> We've got some other fixes in the pipeline for the checkin and integrity
> check pass.
> There is only so much we can do when you are trying to cram 10 pounds of
> crap in a 5 pound bag :(

indeed :) That's why I keep repeating that it's not BK's fault, and
keep pointing out that my Dual Athlon with plenty of RAM does multiple
simultaneous checks/checkins quite rapidly.


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