[darcs-users] About darcs darcs repo as an darcs usage example...

Max Battcher me at worldmaker.net
Wed Mar 11 02:46:05 UTC 2009

Trent W. Buck wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 10, 2009 at 09:58:18PM -0400, Max Battcher wrote:
>> Trent W. Buck wrote:
>>> Petr Rockai <me at mornfall.net> writes:
>>>> There are very few conflict resolutions in darcs darcs repo. We impose
>>>> a very strict workflow on our contributors, which very few projects
>>>> will be willing to adopt (even in darcs itself, there's a fair amount
>>>> of dissent).
>>> Maybe if we didn't have this strictness, and Darcs' repo had exponential
>>> blowouts, people would actually be motivated to address the issue...
>> The same can be said about binary files...  Maybe we should inflict
>> some graphics-addicted designer on the darcs websites in the hopes
>> of adding in many ugly binary patches?
> Nooo, because a *good* graphic designer would be using SVGs, which are XML!

I certainly was thinking more about a bad one with a few 100MB+ .PSD 
files to version control...

For reference, right now I've been trying to push a large binary 
patch...  This is perhaps the second time I've actually had this problem 
with this repo, I think. It is certainly proof that the "init a blank 
repository and darcs push -a" is not quite the best methodology.  The 
repository is proprietary, so I can't share it, but the gist of it is 
that there's a patch where a whole bunch of binary art assets got added 
(at the same time in a single patch, smart huh?). If I try to darcs push 
that one patch alone darcs eats up over a half-gig of memory (this darcs 
2.2.0 on Windows) and "seems" to idle with no useful progress reporting 
and seemingly no network activity.

So I ``darcs send -o artassets.dpatch`` that patch. It's fast enough 
that I don't even notice the memory usage. The patch size is roughly 27 MBs.

I just tried -v -v -v --debug --timing and here's where it appears to 

Beginning identifying repository .
Done identifying repository .
Identified darcs-2 repo: /path/to/remote/repo/

Maybe that is useful?

Sorry to bring this up and then be fairly vague, but its an "important" 
work repo and a rare problem. I'm going to manually copy over the 
.dpatch now...

--Max Battcher--

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