We'll be testing another solution for removing some files from the SVN repository starting tomorrow at 8:00 am Central Daylight time. This particular solution will be testing the use of access control to effectively prevent the files from being downloaded during SVN operations. The good news is that the SVN repository will (more or less) stay up during the procedure. However, there might be occasional restarts of the web server during the day, and it's possible that access to the repository could be temporarily denied while I fine-tune the access controls.
Committing to the repository should be fine (since the web server should flush out all pending requests before shutting down and restarting), but if you're the paranoid type, you might want to go easy on SVN commits on Friday.
-- John T.