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Re: svn:externals - construction of cyclic references is not prevented by TortoiseSVN

From: Lübbe Onken <luebbe.tortoisesvn_at_googlemail.com>
Date: Sat, 03 Oct 2009 15:28:49 +0200

Bob wrote:
> Hi,
> today we have edited our svn repository and accidentally added a self-reference, i.e. a reference established by means of svn:externals.
> It would be helpful, if self references would be rejected by SVNTortoise at the time of creation, since the retrieval of such cyclic repositories may cause some serious problems.
> We had some luck, the only problem was to get rid of file paths with more that 255 characters which required some extra effort.
> Although this problem principally relies on the lack of preventing this property setting in svn, maybe it would be worth to reject such mistakes with some high level description on the client side.

I think I reported this issue on the subversion developers list almost
five years ago. They agreed that it is a problem. Sounds like it hasn't
been fixed yet and I don't know if an (easy) solution exists. Anyway,
I'd suggest you carry your issue to the subversion developers, because
it is a generic problem, not just under windows and it should be solved
in the svn libraries.



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