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Problem: svn timing out on large directory

From: John Locke <mail_at_freelock.com>
Date: 2003-05-06 22:36:15 CEST


I'm in the process of loading my web projects into a brand spanking new
subversion repository, and moving them to a new server.

The repository is some 400 MB (after importing all of the files to

The problem I'm having is trying to check out the trunk of the
repository to the new server.

It (the checkout) gets to a certain directory, and then freezes. After a
couple of minutes, I get:

svn: RA layer request failed
svn: could not fetch directory entries
svn: PROPFIND request failed on
svn: PROPFIND of '/svn/web/!svn/bc/18/trunk/html/local/iobjects/full':
timed out waiting for server (http://localhost)

I tried using svn cleanup, but whenever I retried I would get:

[john_at_denali html]$ svn co http://localhost/svn/web/trunk/html/local
svn: Obstructed update
svn: revision 18 doesn't match existing revision 0 in 'local'

By deleting the parent directory ('local') and all its contents, I can
try again--but it gets to the same directory and times out again.

I tried "svnadmin recover" to no avail.

I tried "svnadmin lstxns" and found 4 unfinished transactions. I used
rmtxns to remove them, and then svnadmin recover (which took about 10
minutes this time), still with the same result.

Finally, I tried svn ls on the directory where it hangs up. Using
mod_dav_svn, it times out after 60 seconds or so. Using a "file://"
protocol directly to the repository hangs for about 70 seconds, and then
retrieves the correct file list.

I can browse to the directory using a web browser (it loads slowly, bit
by bit). I just can't check out using http.

[john@denali html]$ svn ls

[john@denali html]$ svn ls

svn: RA layer request failed
svn: PROPFIND request failed on
svn: PROPFIND of '/svn/web/!svn/bc/18/trunk/html/local/iobjects/full':
timed out waiting for server (http://localhost)

Is this a known issue?

System info:

Apache 2.0.45
Mandrake 9.1
Subversion 0.21+ (updated from dev tree on Sunday)

John Locke
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