Category Archives: Tips

Setting up a new SVN repository

Since I rarely tend to setup new $g(SVN source repositories) I find myself googling for the syntax of the various commands so I’m writing this post to myself for future reference. I’m starting a new website project at work and needed a new repository created with a few external folder references to another project. After creating a bootstrap set of directories and files from pieces of another project then needed to create the new repository. My folder structure looks like this:

~/work/publishing <- location of new project files/folders

cd ~/work
svn import -m "Initial revision" publishing https://svn/repos/publishing/trunk

The project has two folders which will come from an existing project that won’t be modified in this new project so I’m using svn:externals to reference those folders. I’m not sure this was the best way to do it but since I have several other people who will be using the repository I decided to check it out locally:

cd ~/work
svn co https://svn/repos/publishing pub

Next, I changed to the subfolder where the two external folders are located:

cd ~/work/pub/trunk/application

Then using svn propedit I created two external links though the first time through I got it wrong. Note, the quotes are important here:

SteveT:application strefethen$ svn propset svn:externals 'model https://svn/repost/proj/trunk/application/lib' .
property 'svn:externals' set on '.'
SteveT:application strefethen$ svn up
svn: warning: Error handling externals definition for 'model':
svn: warning: OPTIONS of 'https://svn/repost/proj/trunk/application/model': 200 OK (https://svn)
At revision 24431.

The problem in this case was my mistyping “repos” adding a “t” (bolded above). Next, I made the mistake of using propset twice for two different externals (model and lib) which yielded the following when I tried to update:

SteveT:application strefethen$ svn up
svn: warning: Error handling externals definition for 'model':
svn: warning: URL '' at revision 24431 doesn't exist
At revision 24431.

At this point, I needed to use svn propedit to create two external folder references but I didn’t have any editor set to make these changes which yielded:

SteveT:application strefethen$ svn propedit svn:externals .svn: None of the environment variables SVN_EDITOR, VISUAL or EDITOR are set, and no 'editor-cmd' run-time configuration option was found. I edited my .bash_profile adding an SVN_EDITOR environment variable
mate ~/.bash_profile


export SVN_EDITOR="mate -w"

Save an close TextMate. Then source my .bash_profile to get the changes:

source ~/.bash_profile

Now I could finish editing the svn:externals as follows:

svn propedit svn:externals .

The lib external was already defined from my previous propset command so I just needed to the model external making my svn:externals look like this:

lib https://svn/repos/proj/trunk/application/lib
model https://svn/repos/proj/trunk/application/model

Now when I update both external folders are updated:

SteveT:application strefethen$ svn up
Fetching external item into 'model'

External at revision 24431.

Fetching external item into 'lib'
External at revision 24431.

At revision 24431.

Finally, I committed my changes to the application folder for these externals. 

SteveT:application strefethen$ svn commit
Log message unchanged or not specified
(a)bort, (c)ontinue, (e)dit:
Sending        application
Committed revision 24432.

Not sure this is going to be helpful for anyone else but I can certainly make use of it in the future.

Configuring IIS logging for Web Site Performance Analysis

One task that I’ve been working at Falafel on is performance tuning of a large ASP.NET 2.0 application running on Windows Server 2003 under IIS 6.0 which is load balanced across three machines using a SQL 2005 back end. I’ll post a series of entries related to the work I’ve been doing in my investigation.

Configuring IIS Logging for Performance Analysis

First, I wanted to dig into the IIS log files to get a good understanding what parts of the application were being used to most and start collecting performance metrics. Unfortunately the default configuration for IIS doesn’t include some of the more useful fields for log file analysis so correcting that was the first step. The default IIS settings don’t include some of the more useful fields for performance analysis so you’ll need/want to add them manually. You can do that by:

  • Launching Internet Information Services Manager from the Administrative Tools menu

    Internet Information Services Manager

  • Expand the treeview to Default Web Site, right click and select Properties
  • On the Properties dialog click the Web Site tab and check Enable Logging

    IIS logging

  • Click on the Properties button in the Enable Logging groupbox and make sure to check the additional fields indicated below (all of the one’s I’m interested in are in this screen shot:

    IIS logging properties

Note, the names following each option in parenthesis as they’ll be useful when we analyze the data.

Of course, after making these changes we need to wait for the log files to start accumulating useful data before we can go much further. In the mean time, be sure to download Microsoft Log Parser to help analyze the results. Log Parser is an incredibly powerful tool which brings the power of SQL to the task of analyzing plain text files as well as other data stores like the Windows Event log. Here is a link from my Google OPML search engine with lots of great Log Parser related posts. I tried Google’s recently added search support but it didn’t yield anything even remotely useful which left me scratching my head wondering what it’s really useful for.

Next, I’ll take a look at putting some of this new logging information to good use.