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svnadmin recover doesn't seem to help

From: Holger Rauch <holger.rauch_at_heitec.de>
Date: 2004-09-29 17:12:41 CEST


I'm using Subversion version 1.0.6 (r10360) on a FreeBSD 4.10-STABLE system.
Subversion was installed using the current FreeBSD port from the ports
collection. Furthermore, Subversion is configured to use svnserve via inetd.
The repository was accessed via Windows using TurtoiseSVN.

I tried to dump the contents of the repository using svnadmin like this:

svnadmin dump <repository-path>

This caused the following Berkeley DB error:

svn: Berkeley DB error while opening environment for filesystem
DB_RUNRECOVERY: Fatal error, run database recovery

svnserve wasn't disabled in inetd.conf and even though noone actively
accessed the repository, it looks to me like TurtoiseSVN did it behind the

So, I commented out the corresponding entry in /etc/inetd.conf, HUPed inetd,
asked the user to close his explorer, so that TurtoiseSVN should be no
longer active. Then I invoked

svnadmin recover <repository-path>

The output from the command was:

Please wait; recovering the repository may take some time...

Recovery completed.
The latest repos revision is 59.
svn: Berkeley DB error while closing environment for filesystem
DB_RUNRECOVERY: Fatal error, run database recovery

I looked at both the FAQ and the Subversion book, but I couldn't find an
answer in there.

To be honest, I'm really lost at this point. Are there any ways to still
recover the repository, even though "svnadmin recover" seem to fail? If so,
what else can I try?

Thanks in advance for any info/pointers!

Kind regards,


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Received on Wed Sep 29 17:09:54 2004

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