[darcs-users] Warning before adding huge file?

Andrew Wagner awagner at uiuc.edu
Sun Mar 13 17:36:14 UTC 2005

Thanks, for the info David!   I just assumed binaries would be kept in 
their original form, and the primary overhead would just be the extra 
copies of the data (which is already very significant in most 
circumstances).  But doing it this way does at least give the user the 
benefit that if they modify a portion of a binary file, the patch will 
only contain that portion, yes?

I understand this not being a huge priority, reason I asked is that my 
previous svn work flow handled large binary files and source code 
pretty much equally well.  (we left svn for other reasons; if svn 
repositories weren't so easy to break we'd probably be using it for 

Jamie-  Thanks for the tip off to Unison; I'll try it out.

Sean-  We are storing images in our revision system because we do 
computer vision research and use revision control both for storing our 
code, our source data, our results, and our papers as we write them and 
prepare them for publication.

On Mar 13, 2005, at 7:39 AM, David Roundy wrote:

> On Sun, Mar 13, 2005 at 12:30:40AM -0600, Andrew Wagner wrote:
>> I just had a patch record that made my G5 crank for a whole minute.
>> The patch added files, moved a couple other files, and re-named a
>> directory with a few files in it.  No file merging.  This included one
>> three hundred meg file, all of the others were only a couple megs 
>> each,
>> and maybe ten of them.
>> What is the most likely cause of this?
> Darcs isn't very efficient in its handling of binary files.  Everything
> scales right (O(N)), which sometimes makes this faster than text files,
> where the diff can be O(N^2), but darcs stores the binary files in 
> hex, and
> the conversions back and forth between hex and binary aren't well
> optimized.  It probably isn't too hard to optimize, but hasn't ever 
> been a
> real priority.
> -- 
> David Roundy
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