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Re: Missing checks for error diagnostics

From: Jens Seidel <jensseidel_at_users.sourceforge.net>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2008 09:57:09 +0200

On Fri, Aug 29, 2008 at 12:06:47AM +0100, Julian Foad wrote:
> Jens Seidel wrote:
> > today I had a strange problem and I assumed an error in Subversion 1.5.2.
> >
> > I tried to add a directory to my repository which I copied from another
> > location. svn complained that the directory is already contained in the
> > repository but it clearly isn't and svn status displays "?" for this
> > directory.
> Jens,
> I understand roughly what you are talking about, but it would be very
> much easier to understand and gauge the severity of the problem if you
> would show an exact transcript of your input and Subversion's output.

Sorry, I was very happy that I don't have to dig into my repository to
try many hours to extract a recipy why it fails because the reason is so
simple. That's why I assumed a transcript is not necessary.
Nevertheless here is it (using 1.5.2):

$ svnadmin create repos
$ svnadmin create repos2
$ R=file://$(pwd)/repos
$ R2=file://$(pwd)/repos2

Create a directory wc2/dir/ with a .svn/ subdirectory:

$ svn co $R2 wc2
Checked out revision 0.
$ svn mkdir wc2/dir
A wc2/dir
$ touch wc2/dir/file
$ svn add wc2/dir/file
A wc2/dir/file
$ svn ci -m"Created dir/ with a file" wc2
Adding wc2/dir
Adding wc2/dir/file
Transmitting file data .
Committed revision 1.

Try to add the directory (but you do not remember about the old
repository and the contained (hidden) .svn/):

$ svn co $R wc
Checked out revision 0.
$ cp -r wc2/dir wc
$ svn add wc/dir
svn: warning: 'wc/dir' is already under version control

Now you could spend hours searching for a problem, inspecting the log,
dumping and reloading the repository, calling svnadmin verify, ...

$ svn info wc/dir
Path: wc/dir
URL: file:///tmp/svn/repos2/dir
Repository Root: file:///tmp/svn/repos2
Revision: 1
Node Kind: directory
Schedule: normal
Last Changed Author: jens
Last Changed Rev: 1
Last Changed Date: 2008-08-29 09:54:31 +0200 (Fri, 29 Aug 2008)

Ths doesn't match as it still refers to the old repository :-)

> > The reason is indeed simple but could nevertheless be hard to find:
> > The directory I tried to add contained a subdirectory .svn/ from another
> > repository.
> >
> > Could Subversion stop using bogus .svn data or at least print a proper
> > diagnostics?


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