"bzr branch" downloads 10x the whole repo size through "dumb" http server (format 2a)?

John Arbash Meinel john at arbash-meinel.com
Fri May 3 20:08:00 UTC 2013

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I can't say that I've specifically seen that behavior over plain HTTP,
but the current format is certainly not optimized for raw HTTP access

Have you tried doing "bzr pack" on that repository? It won't solve all
problems, but it might improve your immediate issues.


On 2013-05-03 17:56, Marcin Wojdyr wrote:
> Hi all, I see that bzr is not developed anymore, but maybe some
> developers are still around. That's the same question I asked on LP
> a week ago: https://answers.launchpad.net/bzr/+question/227479
> We have a few bzr repositories with anonymous "dumb" http access
> and we observe that branching repository 150MB repository transfers
> 1.5GB of data. After the download the size of new repository is the
> same as the old one, 150MB. By the size of repository I mean the
> size of .bzr. Similar thing was observed with other repos and on
> other computers.
> Is this a known issue?
> I googled and the only relevant discussion I found is this: 
> http://osdir.com/ml/bazaar/2010-01/msg00660.html
> So it's clear that the overhead is necessary for "pull", but is it
> the same for "branch"?
> Clients: bzr 2.5 on Linux and OSX, server: Apache.
> Marcin

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