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Re: [Monotone-devel] url schemes
Re: [Monotone-devel] url schemes
Sun, 23 Mar 2008 20:43:28 -0600
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Markus Schiltknecht wrote:
first of all: nice work in nuskool! Thanks for ripping out my silly
code, which re-implemented a kind of toposort. Dunno what I was thinking
Haha, I remember looking at that and thinking, "there must be a simpler
way" and toposort was it.
[ A small side note: I'd have had an easier life reading your cool
patches, if you committed whitespace changes separately. ]
Yeah, sorry about that. Emacs cleaned up a bunch of things I didn't
notice until I had made some changes and I didn't take the time and
commit this as two changes.
Xxdiff does work reasonably well to look over whitespace polluted diffs
if you turn off display of whitespace. ;)
Too Verbose, maybe. But also very simple to understand.
Indeed. It did turn out to be very simple. The multiplicity of
encode/decode request/response things just seems a bit over the top.
On the bright side, I have managed to pull files and revisions from
my monotone database using the nuskool branch (which doesn't yet pull
certs or keys or care about branch epochs but does basically seem to
work). It is rather slow at the moment (71 minutes vs 25 minutes with
netsync, which *does* pull certs, keys etc.). I haven't done any
profiling yet but I would expect two things to show up.
Uh.. that is the time to pull the complete net.venge.monotone
repository, right? While that certainly sounds awful, let me point out
that that's not the case where nuskool is supposed to be the winner.
I'm assuming that if this does work out it will replace netsync and it
just can't be slower and be successful imho.
It's rather optimized for subsequent pulls and it's already faster than
Yeah, the revision refinement phase is really quick. Side note: I'm not
100% sure it's correct yet. I do recall seeing a push saying that there
are X outbound revs while pull, with the databases reversed, had some
other number of inbound revs. We need to double check this.
# time ./mtn gsync -d ../test.db http://nabagan.bluegap.ch:8080/monotone/
mtn: 13,850 common revisions
mtn: 130 frontier revisions
mtn: 0 outbound revisions
mtn: 0 inbound revisions
Oh, another note here. I purposely set things up in run_gsync_protocol
so that the client knows exactly which revisions are inbound and
outbound, thinking that we really want something like push/pull/sync
--check to list (but not transfer) revisions that will be transferred.
The mercurial equivalents are the incoming/outgoing commands.
This may require a bit more information coming back in the descendants
response, including author/date/changelog/branch certs for example. The
thought of combining author/date/changelog/branch into one commit cert
crossed my mind here again. The current certs don't allow us to tie the
correct things together. Maybe we should start another branch to combine
these certs into a single commit cert.
./mtn gsync -d ../test.db http://nabagan.bluegap.ch:8080/monotone/ 1.48s
user 0.13s system 38% cpu 4.172 total
(Avg ping time from here to nabagan.bluegap.ch is ~60 ms)
(Agreed, that's not a fair comparison either, because gsync doesn't pull
Yeah, but it is encouraging, nonetheless.
(1) printing/parsing basic_io has come up in the past and nuskool adds
very similar printing/parsing json_io so it will probably double the
That applies to the current http channel. Other channels might or might
not use JSON. Or maybe we even want to add different content-types for
http, i.e. return json or raw binary, depending the http accept header.
Yeah, both ideas have crossed my mind as well.
(2) it's currently very granular, request one revision, receive one
revision, then for all files changed in the revision request one file
data or delta, receive one file data or delta, etc. until all the
content for the revision has been received, then move on to the next
revision. latency of request/response times is probably a big factor.
Agreed. However, merging multiple get requests for a single resource
into one multiplex request is just one option to solve that problem.
Another one would be running multiple queries in parallel. Dunno how
feasible that is, though.
I may just try having get_revision include all of the file data/delta
details as well, and see how big these get in the monotone database. If
we didn't first encode the json object as a string and subsequently
write it to the network we could just start writing bytes until we were
done and not have to hold them all in memory. However this causes
problems with trying to set the Content-Length header. I'm not sure what
to think of issuing several requests (one for each file data/delta in a
revision, perhaps up to some limit). Actually, I don't think it would
help, because the server can only handle one request at a time afaict or
there will be multiple scgi processes running and there will be database
Probably doing a bit of profiling first would be the best idea!
(Using threads could also help hash calculation... considering our
commodity hardware boxes are getting more and more cores per box, that
might be worth it in the long run).
So would a hand-optimized sha1 implementation. Would someone just write
one of these already! ;)
Plus: having that simplicity would allow us to handle dumb servers
I went with the fine-grained get/put request/response pairs so that
neither side would end up having to hold too many files in memory at
any one time. If we instead requested all file data/deltas for one rev
the number of round trips would be reduced but we'd end up having to
hold at least one copy (probably more) of the works in memory which
didn't seem so good. I'm open to suggestions. ;)
I don't think files necessarily need to be put together by revision -
that would be a rather useless collection for small changes. Instead, we
should be able to collect any number of files together - and defer
writing the revision until we have all of them.
I'm not really sure where you're going with this.
I certainly think of JSON as a good exchange format. It doesn't only
data (think XML) and raw binary data. It provides some structure, but
it's not overly verbose. And it's easily usable from pretty much any
Agreed, however, I'm wondering how popular or useful scripted
pushing/pulling is going to be. When I first say the json format I
though that it might have been nice to have that rather than basic_io
but it probably didn't exist at the time basic_io was invented.
However, one of the downsides of JSON is: it cannot encode binary data.
Or more precisely: strings are interpreted as UTF-8 encoded, so you
better don't write binary data in there.
Yeah, the base64 encoding/decoding of file content is another extra step
that shouldn't really be needed.
Thus, JSON and binary encoding for revs don't seem to mix well here. As
much as I like binary encoded stuff for internal things, I also like to
be able to read the revision's contents.
Once again, this makes me think about using the revisions solely for
synchronization, and not storing them in the database, but use (binary)
Or storing the revisions in the database as binary rather than text, but
I guess we don't actually use the revisions themselves that much do we.
Seems like a reasonable idea.
In general, I think it would be great if we had a few people working
together on all of these things, rather than one poor lonely soul on
each of them. You and Zack seem to have been doing a bit of this on the
compaction and encapsulation branches and I'm sure it's more fun and
produces better results that way.
Re: [Monotone-devel] url schemes, Derek Scherger, 2008/03/22