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The specified activity does not exist, again.

From: Nicholas Riley <njriley_at_uiuc.edu>
Date: 2002-07-23 11:31:08 CEST

Hi again,

I'm having problems doing anything over HTTP to a Subversion server
which requires writing to the repository. These seem very similar to
the problems Sebastian Bergmann discussed a few weeks ago on this


For example, with a completely virgin repository that I created with:

  cd /var/svn; rm -rf test; svnadmin create test; chmod -R go+rX test;
  chmod -R o+w test/db

if I try a very small sample import, it works fine from the server:

  [p1:5009] ~/src%mkdir test; touch test/testfile; svn import file:///var/svn/test test test -m "Initial import"
  Adding test/testfile
  Transmitting file data .
  Committed revision 1.

But if I try that from a remote host:

  [p8:5020] ~/src%svn import http://svn.sabi.net/test testfile -m "import"
  nicholas's password:

  svn_error: #21110 : <Activity not found>

  The specified activity does not exist.

It definitely seems to authenticate me properly; if I don't type the
right password I get a "username:" prompt. I also tried removing all
access controls in Apache and it did not help. On the server, this
looks like:

[access_log] - - [23/Jul/2002:04:10:03 -0500] "OPTIONS /test HTTP/1.1" 200 184 - - [23/Jul/2002:04:10:03 -0500] "MKACTIVITY /test/!svn/act/877089ca-6da6-0310-bbdd-cb70d85ed49d HTTP/1.1" 401 476 - nicholas [23/Jul/2002:04:10:07 -0500] "MKACTIVITY /test/!svn/act/877089ca-6da6-0310-bbdd-cb70d85ed49d HTTP/1.1" 201 298 - - [23/Jul/2002:04:10:07 -0500] "PROPFIND /test HTTP/1.1" 207 372 - - [23/Jul/2002:04:10:07 -0500] "PROPFIND /test/!svn/vcc/default HTTP/1.1" 207 338 - nicholas [23/Jul/2002:04:10:08 -0500] "CHECKOUT /test/!svn/bln/0 HTTP/1.1" 409 233

  [Tue Jul 23 04:09:59 2002] [notice] Apache/2.0.40-dev (Unix) SVN/0.13.2 (dev build) DAV/2 configured -- resuming normal operations
  [Tue Jul 23 04:10:08 2002] [error] [client] Could not CHECKOUT resource /test/!svn/bln/0. [409, #0]
  [Tue Jul 23 04:10:08 2002] [error] [client] (2)No such file or directory: The specified activity does not exist. [409, #21110]

Environment (as per BUGS file): Mac OS X 10.1.5 on client and server;
unmodified Subversion rev 2633 (server) and 2634 (client); APR tree as
of sometime yesterday (server) and today (client); stock compiler (gcc
2.95.2-derivative); Berkeley DB 4.0.14.

I saved a packet trace of an (unauthenticated) attempt to do the above


in case it's useful.

=Nicholas Riley <njriley_at_uiuc.edu> | <http://www.uiuc.edu/ph/www/njriley>
        Pablo Research Group, Department of Computer Science and
  Medical Scholars Program, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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