I don't see how ViewVC can possibly be SLOWER than doing it on your laptop. As I say it doesn't have to download the whole file.
On 19 Nov 2012, at 15:59, Benny Malengier wrote:
As you say, viewvc will be fast on the same server, hosted by us, it will probably be slower than doing it on your laptop with eg rapidsvn (which I now use, and the times I did, it seemed for me as fast as viewvc).
I just did some timings with ViewVC and RapidSVN. Just opening folders (in gramps/trunk etc) takes at least 3.5 secs and sometime up to 4 secs in RapidSVN. It can take as little as 1.5 secs in ViewVC. Drilling down to branches/maintenance/gramps34/src/plugins/webreport makes quite a considerable difference.
(I appreciate that in some cases, web page caching may be making a difference, but I tried to use fresh pages when I tested, and anyway, in real life, pages will be cached).
Opening the log took 4.8 secs in RapidSVN but only about 1.9 in ViewVC.
A diff of historic versions  took 15.2 secs on RapidSVN but less than 2 secs on ViewVC.