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hotcopy: Unable to backup the repository

From: Neal Jhala <njhala_at_yahoo.com>
Date: 2004-02-10 01:35:31 CET

Running Subversion 0.37.0, Win32 binaries, and I
routinely get the "Unable to backup the repository"
message in my hotbackup log output. The server is
scheduled to run 'hot-backup.py' each night, which in
turn calls 'svn admin hotcopy'. I have verified I'm
using the latest hot-backup.py. I've had this error
ever since the hotcopy command was introduced, and
hot-backup.py was updated to use the new command. I
was hoping whatever errors might have been causing it
would have disappeared with 0.37.0, but it still shows
up about 25% of the time. I run 'svnadmin verify' on
the backup files each night, and strangely, even when
the "unable to backup the repository" errors come up,
the verify succeeds sometimes. Other times, the
verify fails with some 'missing string' errors. Any
idea what might be causing these errors? I'm tempted
to go back to using the old hot-backup.py that didn't
use 'svn admin hotcopy', as I didn't have any problems
with that method. The backup is scheduled to run
durring off-hours, so I don't think anyone is doing
any SVN client commands at the time of the backup.

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