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[Subclipse-users] svn+ssh under windows 2003: Malformed network data

From: Kris Berckmans <kris.berckmans_at_pandora.be>
Date: 2006-08-18 16:43:13 CEST


We recently migrated to our new server with windows 2003 server with SP1.
The previous server had a windows 2000 server OS.
When i wanted to install Openssh and subversion 1.2.3 exactly the same
we did on the previous server, we ran into serieus problems that we have
not yet been able to solve. This is what we did:
- Install openssh and subversion
- Create local user accounts for all svn users
- generate the passwd and group file with mkgroup -l and mkpasswd -l
- Modified the home directories of all the svn users in the passwd file
so that it pointed to /cygdrive/e/Repositories
- Copied the repositories from the old server to the new server.
- Setting NTFS Security correctly
So that should have been everything on the server side.

When connecting with ssh in the cmd prompt on the client. We got a
warning message that our host-key wasn't correct anymore. So we cleared
the known_hosts file.
This solved the ssh connection problem and we now can connect to the
server with ssh.
When trying to start svnserve through ssh the command was not found, so
we added the svn and ssh bin dirs to the %PATH% variable.
After doing so we could start svnserve trough the ssh tunnel.
That should have been everything on the client side.

When we tried to connect with subclipse 1.0.3 and (like before) with the
javasvn interface.
Doing so gives an error message "svn: malformed network data" and a
popup message "folder "" does not exist".
When we switched to javaHL interface, the system asks for the password a
few times and successfully connects to the repositories.
But we want to use javaSVN over ssh (with javaHL, we need to give our
password 200 times a day), we:
- searched for the error messages we got and tried all the sollutions found.
- upgraded to the latest version of subversion
- uninstalled openssh and subverion again, removed all configfiles and
reinstalled and reconfigured everything again.
Still we cant connect to the svn+ssh.
Next we tried to install it the same way on a windows 2000 and a windows
XP machine.
On the windows 2000 machine this works perfectly, on the XP it doesn't.
We now run the svn server without ssh and that works on our new server.
So probably there is a problem with the ssh authentication or the
response the client gets from the server when connecting.
I found some forum treads telling that windows XP machines sometimes
(not always) send wrong data back to the client resulting in the same
error messages we got.
But we get the message all the time.
Has anybody had similar problems before with installing SVN+SSH under
windows 2003 server and XP?
Does anyone has a solution or cause for these problems?

Many thanks


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Received on Fri Aug 18 16:43:35 2006

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