Multiple Projects and Disk Space

August 29, 2006

Since making a basic DevjaVu project is free, there’s no big reason to use a single DevjaVu project for several projects. Though there’s nothing stopping you, and it might make sense in some situations, Trac was really designed to house a single project and repository. Right now, projects might not seem completely “free,” since you do have to request an invitation, but please do feel free to request more invites if you have more projects.

This might raise the question of disk space, something we’ve been trying to avoid talking about for a while. The fact that nobody has asked about it reinforces our stance that it’s really not that important and you shouldn’t have to think about it. We believe, and I’m going to quote David Weekly on this, “Storage is a solved problem.”

Does this mean you have unlimited disk space with DevjaVu? Well, sort of. We’re still trying to figure out exactly how to handle this. We know that we don’t want to have to show you a disk quota (something you probably wouldn’t even look at anyway), we know that you should be focusing on making great software and not worrying about disk usage, and we know that we don’t want to use it as a selling point.

We’re most likely going to impose an ever increasing limit that’s mostly transparent to you. Something along the lines of GMail: more than you need, and increases as average usage increases.

Feel free to share your thoughts about this. :)

-Jeff

4 Responses to “Multiple Projects and Disk Space”

  1. Michael Says:

    I think that what you are discussing is a good approach. I have been using Devjavu for a little while now and while initially I was curious about how much disk space is offered for SVN, I haven’t thought about it since then. How many megabytes can source code seriously take up?

    Keep it transparent == Good Idea

    Thanks for the awesome service!

  2. Michael Says:

    Oh, and just a note on multiple projects: I think it would be nice to be able to host multiple projects with only one invite, but it doesn’t really matter. I only have 2-3 projects anyway.

    By the way, your invite system is much cooler than the whole heh-if-you-want-an-invite-go-to-ebay-and-get-one-yourself-cause-we-aint-given-you-one philosophy!

  3. progrium Says:

    Thanks for the encouragement, Michael! Glad you like the invite system too.

    We’d like to give you unlimited projects per invite for convenience, but that would make it too easy to circumvent the whole system. And the way we have it now is less code. And it works. So it’s pretty ideal. :P

  4. Brian Says:

    I confess I went looking through the blog for information on disk quotas but I must say your current approach really makes sense and I am now going to forget about the disk space issue. Thanks again for providing such a great service.


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