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Re: SVN Commands Freeze on Repository

From: John Szakmeister <john_at_szakmeister.net>
Date: 2004-07-15 01:47:34 CEST

On Wednesday 14 July 2004 14:18, Mitch Arends wrote:
> kfogel@collab.net wrote:
> > Mitch Arends <mjarends@us.ibm.com> writes:
> >>Yeah I tried the svnadmin recover command and even that hangs (there
> >>are currently no other processes running against the repository). Not
> >>sure what to with it at this point.
> >
> > You're positive you're executing 'svnlook' and 'svnadmin' as the same
> > user/group that owns the repository, right?
> Yes absolutely positive. I should have also mentioned that I'm running
> subversion 1.0.4 on and Windows 2000 Server system.
> The strange thing about the repository is that it's backup copy works
> fine but the live production version of the repository didn't. There
> also were no changes that were made b/n backup and the repository
> becoming wedged so I'm no missing any key data. I just want to know why
> and how to fix it.

You could try to use the db_recover. The Windows version of the tools
should be available at:

You can use 'db_recover -vec -h /path/to/repos/db' to attempt a
catastrophic recovery.

I do have a couple of questions about how you're accessing the repository.
What method are you using? By that I mean file://, svn://, or http://.
Also, are you using TortioseSVN at all? The reason I ask is because I've
seen one instance at work where somebody was using file:// access, and
Explorer crashed while he was manipulating the repository. I don't think
TortoiseSVN caused it, but it did have an ill effect on the repository.
We've got him setup with svnserve now, which works great, and doesn't
suffer from this sort of problem. :-)


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