[wp-hackers] Plugin repository issue

Otto otto at ottodestruct.com
Sat Aug 28 18:14:01 UTC 2010

Actually, mdawaffe tells me that this only matters when you do a
manual update like I did. A normal update only looks for changed
items. So it shouldn't matter then.

Still, no reason to leave old broken stuff lying around.. ;)


On Sat, Aug 28, 2010 at 12:53 PM, Otto <otto at ottodestruct.com> wrote:
> On Sat, Aug 28, 2010 at 8:50 AM, Rich Pedley <elfin at elfden.co.uk> wrote:
>> On 28/08/2010 14:45, Austin Matzko wrote:
>>> On Sat, Aug 28, 2010 at 8:30 AM, Otto<otto at ottodestruct.com>  wrote:
>>>> You should probably go through and remove a lot of those older
>>>> versions. With the way the current system works, having lots of older
>>>> versions lying around is not a great idea, as it makes it take an
>>>> extremely long time to do updates.
>>> Could you elaborate on this?  Are you saying there should be a limited
>>> number of subdirectories under "tags"?
>> Additionally if there is any issues with excessive tagged version, how many
>> can safely be left before plugin authors should think about deleting some.
>> Though from my limited understanding of Subversion, it isn't a problem
>> there, more with the public listing of these?
> Sure.
> Basically the process that updates the plugin page on wp.org goes
> through all the versions in the tags directory. So if there's a lot,
> it takes longer. Linear-time O(n) algorithm.
> There's no SVN problem with keeping as many versions as you want, but
> it gets slower when the number gets large because there's more to
> parse and do and such. Eventually I suppose it might hit some
> processing limit, but I've not seen any such thing with 30+ versions.
> But there's no actual limit, and the process will get around to it
> eventually, but less is better. And honestly, having old versions with
> extremely minor changes lying around is rather pointless. Generally I
> try to keep old versions there only when they had significant changes
> (although I'm pretty bad about cleaning them up myself).
> Also consider it from a user experience. You want the last few
> versions there in case somebody needs to rollback their site or
> something, but having a list of every version yea until the beginning
> of all time is kinda silly.
> -Otto

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