Spent most of the day making file content transfers robust. There were lots of bugs, hopefully I've fixed most of them. It seems to work well now, even when I throw a lot of files at it.
One of the changes also sped up transfers; it no longer roundtrips to the
remote to verify it has a file. The idea here is that when the assistant is
running, repos should typically be fairly tightly synced to their remotes
by it, so some of the extra checks that the
move command does are
Also spent some time trying to use ghc's threaded runtime, but continue to be baffled by the random hangs when using it. This needs fixing eventually; all the assistant's threads can potentially be blocked when it's waiting on an external command it has run.
Also changed how transfer info files are locked. The lock file is now separate from the info file, which allows the TransferWatcher thread to notice when an info file is created, and thus actually track transfers initiated by remotes.
I'm fairly close now to merging the
assistant branch into
The data syncing code is very brute-force, but it will work well enough
for a first cut.
Next I can either add some repository network mapping, and use graph analysis to reduce the number of data transfers, or I can move on to the webapp. Not sure yet which I'll do. It's likely that since DebConf begins tomorrow I'll put off either of those big things until after the conference.