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  • Subversion Server Replacement

    Hi All,

    Please advise as we need to move subversion from old server with OS RH5U3 to RH7U3, all of our repositories are hosted on NFS share.
    SVN version on old server is 1.6.x and new server has version 1.9.7.

    Plan is to rsync old shared area hosting repositories to new shared area and copy configuration files to the same path on new server. So repositories and configuration files will be in exact paths. Then we will rename new server with original server name.

    Initial test succeeded, but we need to know is there anything that we need to take care of, do we have to use dump and load as that will take lots of time, due to history and size of repositories.

    Thanks a lot for your help in advance.

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    Dump and load, especially when moving from something as old as 1.6 to 1.9, is always recommended for performance sake. It can also dramatically decrease the size-on-disk of the repository. However, it is NOT required.

    For what it's worth, NFS is really not a good "file system" on which to store your repositories. The reasons get quite technical (it introduces additional failure modes). However, if you haven't had any problem so far then your risk won't change.