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2 MB file kills repository?

From: J. B. Rainsberger <jbrains_at_rogers.com>
Date: 2004-07-18 21:50:13 CEST

Hello, everyone:

I am a new Subversion convert, having just decided to start making the
switch after waiting for 1.0. Congratulations. Now I have a big problem.

I have set up a repository on a RedHat Linux 9.0 box with Subversion
1.0.5 (r9954). I have created a repository and been able to use it from
my Windows 2000 client (Eclipse 3.0/Subclipse) for a few days now.
Everything has been good until I tried to commit a 2 MB PowerPoint
presentation. (I don't plan to revise it; but I do want it with the

When I try to commit the file, I get this:

Transmitting file data ...
     The pipe has been ended.
svn: Commit failed (details follow):
svn: Can't write to connection: The pipe has been ended.

This then messes up the repository, forcing me to use "svnadmin recover".

This problem is repeatable. I have seen it now three times in a row.
When I finally stopped trying to commit such a large file, everything
was fine.

I have not tried any other configurations yet, but I plan to try a
Windows server to see whether this is a cross-platform issue. (The
little bit I've found in the mailing list seems to indicate some
underlying defect in either a Linux tool or the Linux version of
svnserve.) I have also not tried committing the file from the command
line, although I can't imagine that would matter, since Subclipse only
drives the command line.

Note: I am connecting via svn+ssh using PuTTY/Pageant on the client side.

Any suggestions would be helpful. I would even be happy moving to a
Windows server, if that will actually work. I can wait for a fix to the
Linux edition to move back to a Linux-based server.


J. B. Rainsberger,
Diaspar Software Services
http://www.diasparsoftware.com :: +1 416 791-8603
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