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SVN Switch with file open in Flash MX results in failure and broken WC

From: Steve Spencer <steve_at_iokio.com>
Date: 2005-12-13 14:25:31 CET

We have a .fla file open in Flash MX, which maintains an OS-level file
lock. We switch our working copy from the 1.1 branch of our project to
the 1.0 branch.

This results in the error message "Can't remove file X - the process
can't access the file because it was being used by another process".

The working copy is now broken because one folder is left with the
wrong repository path which requires manual intervention to fix and
this reduces confidence in the reliability of SVN.

(The same should happen with Excel XLS files, which, like FLA, are
binary and are locked when open)

This might be an SVN bug, but the Tortoise version is 1.2.4, build 4479
- 32bit; SVN 1.2.3.

Could Tortoise/Svn obtain a lock on ALL files during the operation?
Should this not be possible, the operation could fail without any
changes taking place.

I hope this report is of help - both SVN and Tortoise are great
applications that have deeply changed the way we work - Tortoise in
particular has some very useful and clever polishes like the way it
remembers messages even if you cancel.

Please could you CC me in any reply - steve@iokio.com.

Steve Spencer

Steve Spencer
CTO, Iokio (UK) Ltd
020 7351 4646

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