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Re: Error: cannot find the file specified. Possibly related to Samba

From: Andy Levy <andy.levy_at_gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2008 15:36:42 -0400

On Tue, Oct 21, 2008 at 15:16, Peter <Peter_at_smart-projects.net> wrote:
> I wrongly reported a problem I'm experiencing in another thread, so
> starting new.
>
> I reported this problem:
>
> <>
> Command: Commit
> Modified: D:\Htm pages\Web\en\templates\news.tpl
> Sending content: D:\Htm pages\Web\en\templates\news.tpl
> Error: Commit failed (details follow):
> Error: Can't remove 'P:\Htm pages\REPOS Web\db\transactions
> \282-1.txn': The system
> Error: cannot find the file specified.
> Finished!:
> </>
>
> And received this feedback:
>
>> We've mentioned this several times before: DO NOT access a repository via file:/// on a network share!
>> If you're share is SAMBA, check the FAQ: http://tortoisesvn.tigris.org/faq.html#samba
>
> Kindly allow me to ask a few more questions, so that I understand the
> problem better, and so that I can act appropriately.
>
> First, I don't know if it's a samba share, but it is possible, it's a
> Buffalo Terabyte Server ? Upgrading Samba on server side is not
> possible as far as I know.

Then yes, it probably is SAMBA. Check your Buffalo documentation.

> I never had this problem before, the repository exists for years now
> and I have always worked with this drive letter etc. I did not
> realise it is not the proper way to do it.

It's pretty well documented in the manual and FAQ that file:/// access
is meant only for single-user, local and testing access. If you're
going over a network, or have multiple users, a proper server is
always the right answer.

> The link you provided suggests the problem manifests itself more since
> version 1.5.x

The bug in SAMBA has always been there. It was exposed by new
functionality in the SVN 1.5 libraries.

> Q1. As a quick and dirty fix, is it possible for me to go back to my
> previous installation (1.4.x) ? Or has the Repository changed now so
> that going back is not possible anymore ? I'm not suggesting that
> this is my preferred fix, it's just one of the options I would like to
> understand, to see if it is possible ?

A dump/load cycle would be a good idea when doing this downgrade.

> Q2. The suggested fix in the provided link says:
>
>> ... allow readonly files to be deleted in the SAMBA config file
>
> I don't really understand enough of all this, so what is the impact of
> this setting ? Will I lose data ? Or will I have less
> functionality ? Is it easy to explain what this does really ?
> And also, will I be able to continue working the way I do then ? Or
> do I still need to change other things ?
> Also, where do I find this samba settings file ? I looked in the
> TortoiseSVN installation folder but ... ?

These are all questions that are not really applicable here; they
pertain to the configuration and administration of your SAMBA
service/server, not TSVN.

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