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RE: Bug? "Cannot remove folder <folder>: The directory is not empty"

From: Mark Irving <Mark.Irving_at_informatix.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 16 Sep 2009 03:31:17 -0700 (PDT)

Kevin Thompson asks

> I have a fairly sizable repository check out (402 megs, 4,815 files, 2,306 folders).
>
> I move this checkout around quite a bit, sometimes to/from network drives, removable drives, etc.
>
> The problem I've found is that when I'm trying to delete a checkout (note: just deleting the local files, not actually performing any SVN operation), windows will report back "Cannot remove folder <folder>: The directory is not empty". I'm guessing this has something to do with TSVN maintaining the .svn directory.

The most likely cause for the problems is an interaction between your virus scanner and the TortoiseSVN cache. Of these, it's usually the virus scanner which has the bugs in.

Try switching your TortoiseSVN Settings > Icon Overlays to "Shell" or "None" before doing bulk operations on a large working copy. Either of these settings disables the TSVNCache process.

You may also find that there is a way to disable any interference with working copies by your virus scanner. On mine it's "Snooze Realtime" -- to be done just before a bulk edit of any Subversion data.

  - Mark.

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