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Where to start digging for a problem?

From: Kenneth McDonald <kenneth.m.mcdonald_at_sbcglobal.net>
Date: 2004-05-18 09:24:26 CEST

I've (attempted to) set up svn and an svn server under OS X 10.3;
when I attempt to

        svn import svtest svn://localhost/Users/svnuser/testrepos -m "initial
test import"

I get the generic error:

        svn: Malformed network data

which could be originating in a problem anywhere, for all I know. If
anyone can
suggest how to track down more informative error messages, I'd
appreciate it.

For what it's worth, here is what I've done:

1) Set up a "svnuser" account.
2) As that user, successfully created a svn repository called
in the svnuser home directory. (The actual users will be 'real'
in retrospect, 'svnuser' was probably a bad username).
3) Created file 'svn' in /etc/xinetd.d, with the following contents:
service svn
         disable = no
         socket_type = stream
         wait = no
         user = svnuser
         server = /usr/local/subversion/bin/svnserve
         server_args = -i
         groups = yes
         flags = REUSE IPv6
4) Edited the config files in the testrepos/conf; in particular, I
a "passwords" file for user authentication, and edited svnserve.conf
to point to it.
5) Under sudo, ran '/sbin/service svn start', with no obvious errors.
6) Finally, as myself, attempted the command back at the beginning of
this posting, with the stated result.

As you might tell, I'm a complete newbie at subversion. Thanks for
any help you can give, and for your patience :-)

Ken McDonald

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