Adding distfiles to the repository

William Siegrist wsiegrist at
Thu Jul 17 15:57:30 PDT 2008

On Jul 17, 2008, at 3:00 PM, Blair Zajac wrote:

> Rainer Müller wrote:
>> Ryan Schmidt wrote:
>>> I think we should not add distfiles to the Subversion repository
>>> anymore. They take up lots of room. I could make thousands of
>>> portfile edits in the amount of disk space used by a single  
>>> distfile.
>>> I would rather use 1K in the repository to add a new distfiles  
>>> mirror
>>> to the portfile than use 5MB to store a copy of the distfile. There
>>> is "no way" to remove data from the repository "ever" [1] so it has
>>> always seemed like the wrong place to put distfiles. And thankfully
>>> we now have a much better solution in the distfiles mirror. I think
>>> the only reason to add a distfile to the repository is if the
>>> distfiles mirror is unable to mirror it for some technical reason,
>>> and that should be rare.
>> I agree with you. Subversion repositories are not a good place to
>> archive non-changing binary data.
> Well, they are a good place to store non-changing binary data, it's  
> just if you
> don't need that data any more, say after a new version of the port  
> comes out,
> then you can't remove it and it consumes space forever.
> We could set up a new svn repository for distfiles, separate from  
> the one for
> Portfile's, and that repository could be exported and reimported  
> into a fresh
> repository every so often when it got too big.

The wasted space is all server-side right? So its not that big of a  
deal in the short term. MPWA should fix it for the long term.

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