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Re: Probs with working dir on net shared drive

From: Branko ─îibej <brane_at_xbc.nu>
Date: 2004-04-19 08:46:44 CEST

Jeff Lasslett wrote:

> Hi,
> My working directory is on a drive on another PC on my LAN. This
> is because I have just one licence for my compiler and it is tied to
> the hardware it was installed on. There are two developers. Both of
> us check out our source code to this third PC and compile there. The
> problem is that checking out to this network share is slow and error
> prone.
> We are using MS Windows (2000 pro) and subversion 1.0 with
> apache. The subversion repository and apache are running on my PC
> (for the moment). When I check out or update my source tree to my
> work area, the operation proceeds in spurts and eventually stops
> indicating that a file already exists and it can't be copied over. I
> can usually delete the offending file from my work area and use the
> clean feature to remove locks. I can then restart the process. I
> repeat these step a few times and eventually I have a complete set of
> sources to work with.
> I updated the network adapter (to 100 Mbit) in the PC where my
> working directory is and this did improve the situation. Instead of
> cleaning and restarting 10s of times, I only need to do it a few times.
> I have installed subversion and tortoiseSVN on the machine
> containing the network drive. A checkout operation initiated on this
> latter machine, to the working area specified as a local dir (not
> using the network drive letter mapping) completes successfully. The
> same operation where the working directory is specified in terms of
> its network drive letter mapping, has problems.
> Namely:-
> "Can't move
> 'W:/svn_working_v4/jeff/src/PC_SUPPORT/UserUpgradeControl/.svn/tmp/entries'
> to
> 'W:/svn_working_v4/jeff/src/PC_SUPPORT/UserUpgradeControl/.svn/entries'
> Can't create a file when that file already exists."
> To summarise: checking out to a working area specified in terms of a
> network drive letter mapping is dodgy (for me here at least).
> Is this a known bug? Any insights, work-arounds, comments etc would
> be greatly appreciated.

It's not a Subversion bug. There's not much SVN can do if you have a
flaky network connection or file server. It's also possible that the
network delays are making the existing Win filesystem race conditions
worse. You say both your repository server and your file server are
Win2k machines. What kind of filesystem are you using?

-- Brane

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