# Re: Rename/Copy Not Behaving as Expected

From: Stefan Küng <tortoisesvn_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2006-09-06 19:35:32 CEST

Rob Wilkerson wrote:

> The file that's referenced is in the .svn directory. There's no
> reason that I know of for any other application to have a .svn file
> locked. Any thought on where I might look? When trying to copy from
> the command line I get a similar error:

The error message might not be accurate in reference to the path.
Sometimes the error message refers to a path inside the .svn directory,
but only because of a follow-up error with a locked file outside the
.svn directory.
That's why I told you to check the file outside the .svn directory.

Another possibility: the error message shows the path in upper case
letters. That usually only happens on FAT drives. Subversion doesn't
work right with those drives. Use FAT32 or better NTFS drives.

And since the path is on the E: drive, I assume that's a network share?
Then you can run into many problems which have nothing to do with
Subversion itself, e.g. permission problems, network troubles, ...

> E:\path\to\parent\directory >svn cp core server
> svn: Can't remove
> 'server\mod\modules\semod_reports\classes\.svn\tmp\reportcol.cfm.2.tmp'
> svn: Can't remove file
> 'server\mod\modules\semod_reports\classes\.svn\tmp\reportcol.cfm.2.
> tmp': The system cannot find the file specified.
>
> The error is still in the .svn directory, the new directory is still
> created and it's status is still "Normal". I'm not sure where to look
> next.

Also make sure you don't have a virus scanner active which might lock
files Subversion wants to move/remove/create/access. Norton is known to
not behave reasonable and cause many problems.

Stefan

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