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Re: broken file name handling

From: Karl Fogel <kfogel_at_red-bean.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2008 11:57:11 -0400

"Paul Charlton" <techguru_at_byiq.com> writes:
> "svn up" from http://svn.collab.net/repos/svn/mk.xiv fails from
> windows clients (1.5 collab.net & tortoise) as follows:
>
> svn: Can't check path '?WHAT?.txt': The filename, directory name, or volume
> label syntax is incorrect.
>
> the repo browser shows "-WHAT-.txt"
>
> It seems like the client and server don't agree on a canonical form for
> filenames which may be incompatible with the underlying client file system.
>
> Obviously in the short term, the problem can be fixed by renaming the file in
> this project's repository.
>
> a) I would appreciate a sanity check from a developer experienced with this
> project

It looks like renaming is exactly what happened, in r28723:

   ------------------------------------------------------------------------
   r28723 | brane | 2008-01-02 15:13:51 -0500 (Wed, 02 Jan 2008) | 1 line
   Changed paths:
      A /mk.xiv/-WHAT-.txt (from /mk.xiv/?WHAT?.txt:28722)
      D /mk.xiv/?WHAT?.txt
   
   * mk.xiv/-WHAT-.txt: Renamed from ?WHAT?.txt so it can be read on Windows.

The reason your 'update' failed on Windows is because you still have the
old filename (somehow), and Subversion is trying to access that path as
part of changing its name, as part of the update.

If there's a bug here, it's that we created a file (during checkout) on
Windows that we can't later update. The solution would be to not create
it in the first place, but to error instead, perhaps. In the meantime,
you could work around this by just removing the directory and
re-updating, I think. (I don't have a Windows box to test with.)

-Karl

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