I think I tracked down where my problem with using Git to pull subversion
repositories came from.
It seems that if the repository has a file larger than what will fit in
memory, it does not react well. (Yes, I know that you should not check in
huge data files into a repository, but accidents happen and Subversion
does not make it easy to remove them.)
I can work around the problem at the moment, but it may be something that
the person who maintains that chunk of git may want to look at.
"Invoking the supernatural can explain anything, and hence explains nothing."
- University of Utah bioengineering professor Gregory Clark
Which version of git-svn are you using? Can you try git-svn from
version 126.96.36.199 of git and see if that problem can be reproduced? The
new delta fetching code in the latest git.git master may try to store
the entire file in memory when receiving it over the network.