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RE: using svn on windows inside 4NT

From: Mark Watts <mwatts3_at_stny.rr.com>
Date: 2004-06-23 05:16:22 CEST

Hi Ben,
I am also a 4NT user and I have been using subversion on WinXP Pro for
months, perhaps more than a year and I don't have the problem you describe.
I am running the Unicode build: 4NT 5.00U Build 106. One thing that is a
bit unusual that I have done that 'might' affect things, is that I have
changed the 'comspec' environment variable to point to the 4NT exe instead
of cmd.exe. This meaning that when most well written programs open a
command prompt I get 4NT instead of cmd.exe. I don't know that this
difference would cause what you are seeing.

I also use the environment variable SVN_EDITOR to set my editor. Currently
it is


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ben Lowery [mailto:blowery@gmail.com]
> Sent: Tuesday, June 22, 2004 22:29
> To: users@subversion.tigris.org
> Subject: using svn on windows inside 4NT
> Greetings,
> I just started using subversion (client on windows xp) and I
> quickly ran into a bit of a snag. My preferred command shell
> is 4NT (from http://www.jpsoft.com), and svn doesn't seem to
> play nice with it when attempting to shell out to the editor
> for commit messages. To illustrate, if I run:
> set svn_editor=notepad
> svn commit
> Another shell instance starts up. Once I exit that instance,
> the following is printed to the terminal window:
> svn: Commit failed (details follow):
> svn: system('notepad svn-commit.tmp') returned 2
> As workarounds, I've found that the standard cmd.exe shell on
> windows works just fine. The "svn commit" fires up notepad
> and I'm able to enter in my little commit message.
> Additionally, I can use --message="foo" to enter in a message
> from my 4NT shell. It's just annoying that spawning the
> editor doesn't seem to work from within 4NT. I've also tried
> quoting the name of the editor ( set svn_editor="notepad" )
> and using a different editor ( set svn_editor=emacs ).
> Nothing really seems to help; I just get the same error message.
> Now, all this said, I have no idea if this is a bug in 4NT or
> a bug in how subversion spawns the editor. I would wager
> it's more an issue with 4NT. 4NT is complaining that it's
> getting an unknown command (
> 4NT: Unknown command "C:\Program" ) when the spawn happens,
> so maybe the tmp file lives in \Program Files\ someplace and
> the argument needs to be surrounded in quotes to make 4NT
> happy? I'm unsure.
> Anyway, I'm curious if any other windows users are using 4NT,
> and if so, have they run into this problem. I know I'm
> probably in a minority of a minority here, but I thought I'd
> give it a shot. :)
> Thanks for any help,
> --b
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