Measuring the performance improvement of Mercurial (NFS vs local disk)

The Mercurial developers were concerned about race conditions and concurrent write/reads causing service inconsistency between hosts. This became evident when stale file handles started appearing in our apache logs. An extension we wrote (pushlog) was also being served off of NFS. This is a problem not because we have multiple hosts writing at once, but because the file is kept in memory for the lifetime of the hgweb-serving WSGI process, and we’ve experienced that sometimes requests to the pushlog can be served old information.