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Re: ci of a previously removed directory fails

From: Max Bowsher <maxb_at_ukf.net>
Date: 2004-08-20 22:12:16 CEST

Keith Richling wrote:
> Max Bowsher wrote:
>> Keith Richling wrote:
>>> If I remove a directory and checkin, then move the parent directory and
>>> checkin, then re-add the removed directory and checkin, then this last
>>> checkin fails. I have found no way to work around this problem. How do
>>> I perform this last checkin?
>> Same answer as your previous similar question. Please actually read the
>> section of the book you were pointed to.
>> Max.
> I read the section and I do understand how I created the problem. This
> question is now that I have a broken working copy how do I fix it. An
> "svn up" does not work. I can find now way to fix my working copy to
> allow me to perform the checkin.

I apologize - the similarity to your previous question led me to not looking
carefully at this.

It seems you have stumbled across a fairly major bug in "svn mv".

If you do a "svn log -v url://to/repos" you will see that the copy of exec
to act has octually originated from a revision before exec/dir was deleted!
This was because exec was out-of-date hwen you did the copy. The bug is that
the client failed to report to the server the absence of dir, but retained
that absence in the local copy. *BOOM* The server and client now disagree,
so here is where the problems start. Later you re-add "dir". The client is
fine with this, because the earlier "dir" has vanished from it's memory.
However, when you go to commit, the re-addition attempts to add an object
which already exists in the repository. Error.

You can recover your working copy by doing:

1. "svn revert" the scheduled addition of the obstructing item ("dir" in
this case).

2. "mv" (not "svn mv") the now un-versioned obstruction to some temporary

3. Edit .svn/entries in the directory where the obstruction was located. Add
the attribute-value pair incomplete="true" inside the first <entry ... />

4. "svn up". The working copy will now be re-synced with the repository.

This is clearly a bug - would you like to file it in IssueZilla, or shall I?


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