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authorJonathan Nieder <>2012-06-09 22:35:35 (GMT)
committerEric Wong <>2012-06-10 08:47:53 (GMT)
commit68f532f4ba888f277637a94b4a49136054df0540 (patch)
treefc5b5a136919fc0c827852a25763ff0c8c4234d2 /perl/Makefile.PL
parent9f7ad1479d9ba88f175db57fba1ab704fc7b53d5 (diff)
git-svn: use YAML format for mergeinfo cache when possible
Since v1.7.0-rc2~11 (git-svn: persistent memoization, 2010-01-30), git-svn has maintained some private per-repository caches in .git/svn/.caches to avoid refetching and recalculating some mergeinfo-related information with every "git svn fetch". These caches use the 'nstore' format from the perl core module Storable, which can be read and written quickly and was designed for transfer over the wire (the 'n' stands for 'network'). This format is endianness-independent and independent of floating-point representation. Unfortunately the format is *not* independent of the perl version --- new perl versions will write files that very old perl cannot read. Worse, the format is not independent of the size of a perl integer. So if you toggle perl's use64bitint compile-time option, then using 'git svn fetch' on your old repositories produces errors like this: Byte order is not compatible at ../../lib/ (autosplit into ../../lib/auto/Storable/ line 380, at /usr/share/perl/5.12/Memoize/ line 21 That is, upgrading perl to a version that uses use64bitint for the first time makes git-svn suddenly refuse to fetch in existing repositories. Removing .git/svn/.caches lets git-svn recover. It's time to switch to a platform independent serializer backend with better compatibility guarantees. This patch uses YAML::Any. Other choices were considered: - thawing data from Data::Dumper involves "eval". Doing that without creating a security risk is fussy. - the JSON API works on scalars in memory and doesn't provide a standard way to serialize straight to disk. YAML::Any is reasonably fast and has a pleasant API. In most backends, LoadFile() reads the entire file into a scalar anyway and converts it as a second step, but having an interface that allows the deserialization to happen on the fly without a temporary is still a comfort. YAML::Any is not a core perl module, so we take care to use it when and only when it is available. Installations without that module should fall back to using Storable with all its quirks, keeping their cache files in .git/svn/.caches/*.db Installations with YAML peacefully coexist by keeping a separate set of cache files in .git/svn/.caches/*.yaml. In most cases, switching between is a one-time thing, so it doesn't seem worth the complication to migrate existing caches. The upshot: after this patch, as long as YAML::Any is installed you can move your git repository between machines with different perl installations and "git svn fetch" will work fine. If you do not have YAML::Any, the behavior is unchanged (and in particular does not get any worse). Reported-by: Sandro Weiser <> Reported-by: Bdale Garbee <> Signed-off-by: Jonathan Nieder <> Signed-off-by: Eric Wong <>
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diff --git a/perl/Makefile.PL b/perl/Makefile.PL
index 08afdcb..2c20290 100644
--- a/perl/Makefile.PL
+++ b/perl/Makefile.PL
@@ -27,6 +27,7 @@ MAKE_FRAG
my %pm = (
'' => '$(INST_LIBDIR)/',
'Git/' => '$(INST_LIBDIR)/Git/',
+ 'Git/SVN/Memoize/' => '$(INST_LIBDIR)/Git/SVN/Memoize/',
'Git/SVN/' => '$(INST_LIBDIR)/Git/SVN/',
'Git/SVN/' => '$(INST_LIBDIR)/Git/SVN/',
'Git/SVN/' => '$(INST_LIBDIR)/Git/SVN/',