bup-margin - figure out your deduplication safety margin
bup margin [options...]
bup margin iterates through all objects in your bup repository, calculating the largest number of prefix bits shared between any two entries. This number,
n, identifies the longest subset of SHA-1 you could use and still encounter a collision between your object ids.
For example, one system that was tested had a collection of 11 million objects (70 GB), and
bup margin returned 45. That means a 46-bit hash would be sufficient to avoid all collisions among that set of objects; each object in that repository could be uniquely identified by its first 46 bits.
The number of bits needed seems to increase by about 1 or 2 for every doubling of the number of objects. Since SHA-1 hashes have 160 bits, that leaves 115 bits of margin. Of course, because SHA-1 hashes are essentially random, it's theoretically possible to use many more bits with far fewer objects.
If you're paranoid about the possibility of SHA-1 collisions, you can monitor your repository by running
bup margin occasionally to see if you're getting dangerously close to 160 bits.
.midxfiles, use only
.idxfiles. This is only really useful when used with
$ bup margin Reading indexes: 100.00% (1612581/1612581), done. 40 40 matching prefix bits 1.94 bits per doubling 120 bits (61.86 doublings) remaining 4.19338e+18 times larger is possible Everyone on earth could have 625878182 data sets like yours, all in one repository, and we would expect 1 object collision. $ bup margin --predict PackIdxList: using 1 index. Reading indexes: 100.00% (1612581/1612581), done. 915 of 1612581 (0.057%)
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