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Repository access error: Malformed network data

From: Williams, James <James.Williams_at_vignette.com>
Date: 2004-09-10 03:28:41 CEST



I have the following setup.

Server: RedHat 9 running subversion 1.0.6-1 as dedicated server

Client: I've tried both svn command-line and TortoiseSVN on Windows
2000, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003


This was my setup procedure:

1. Create repository: (as root)

   svnadmin create /usr/local/svnroot


2. Change owner: (as root)

   chown james:svnuser /usr/local/svnroot

   chown -R james:svnuser /usr/local/svnroot/*


3. Import files: (as james)

   svn import /tmp/svn/project file:///usr/local/svnroot -m "Initial


4. Set up svnserve:

   svnserve is started with xinetd on port 3690 with the command
"/usr/bin/svnserve -r /usr/local/svnroot"

   (Yes, I did restart xinetd)


I can access and check out files locally, but not from network or
internet connected machines. When I try to check out with "svn co
svn://<insert URL here>/", "svn co svn://<insert URL here>/trunk", etc.,
I get the error "svn: Malformed network data". I receive the same error
when I try to browse the repository with TortoiseSVN. I've tried both
methods on Win2k, WinXP and Win2003.


I found issue number 1863 has the same problem, but it seems to be more
restrictive. It was closed as an invalid issue. I imagine windows users
are probably giving up and moving on to another product when they
encounter this issue. Are there any users out there with a similar setup
and not having this problem? This is a serious problem that makes SVN
unusable for me and presumably many others.



James Williams
Received on Fri Sep 10 17:42:01 2004

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