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Re: TortoiseSVN Crashes SvnServe

From: Ryan Schmidt <subversion-2006q2_at_ryandesign.com>
Date: 2006-05-25 13:43:39 CEST

On May 25, 2006, at 10:10, Alex Le Dain wrote:

> I'm running svnserve under Win2000 server with Berkley database.
> There are three repositories hosted. The database has been fine for
> ~2 years now. I've upgraded on several occasions migrating from
> v1.0.1-2, v1.1.4, and 1.3.0 (with changing the db over to use
> Berkley 4.3).
> On occasions the svnserve application would abort without warning,
> say about once every month or more (repository me), every 6 months
> (repository ee) and only ever once (repository sw). Certainly
> liveable and the message was always 'abnormal program termination'.
> On occasion I'd have to do a recover, but there were never any of
> the panics mentioned in the troubleshooting guide and the data all
> seemed to be there so I was never overly concerned.
> However, after upgrading svnserve to 1.3.0 these 'crashes' have
> appeared to occur much more frequently. Unfortunately they now
> occur about every 10th access of the repositories (via the
> TortoiseSVN repobrowser; there are no failures during commit, or
> update transactions).
> Interestingly I cannot cause the crash using the command line
> client (svn ls "svn://x.x.x.x/me" [even repeatedly from a batch
> file]) and only see it if access is via tortoiseSVN's repobrowser.
> The way to reproduce the crash is repeatedly and randomly jump all
> over the repo browser window clicking on folders to open them up. I
> can crash the svnserve in as little as three clicks and at worst it
> takes about 20-30 clicks. I know that means it's probably TSVN, but
> I also fail to see why the server should be this vulnerable unless
> TSVN is doing something really illegal. Even the most recent
> version of TSVN ( brings the most recent version of
> svnserve (1.3.1) down.
> I have now upgraded the server to 1.3.3, cleared all the dead logs,
> and removed the failed transactions (of which their weren't that
> many). The number of failed transactions was not correlated with
> the crashability of the repository. It still happens though so I'm
> concerned about where exactly the problem may be - could it even be
> the database itself?

I recommend converting your repository from BDB to FSFS. Instructions
are in the FAQ:


Also note that the latest released version of Subversion at this time
is 1.3.1. Is that the version of svnserve you have on the server?

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