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Re: Is subversion safe to use?

From: Max Bowsher <maxb_at_ukf.net>
Date: 2004-11-27 00:48:15 CET

Gary Thomas wrote:
> On Fri, 2004-11-26 at 13:55, Max Bowsher wrote:
>> Gary Thomas wrote:
>>> Sure (although I sent all of this yesterday).
>>>
>>> Red Hat 9.0
>>> Old version - 1.0.9
>>> New version - 1.1.1
>>> Any access method - they all fail :-(
>>> Upgraded via RPM packages found on http://summersoft.fay.ar.us/
>>
>> I've just had a look at those packages.
>>
>> They seem to be linked *two* versions of Berkeley DB simultaneously. This
>> has very disturbing implications for their reliability - I recommend you
>> discontinue use of them immediately - or at least only use them for FSFS
>> repositories.
>>
>> Recovering your old repositories is 99.9% likely to be possible.
>>
>> Either:
>> Build subversion from source against the appropriate version of BDB
>> (sounds
>> like 4.2 from your mentions of set_flags errors)
>>
>> Or:
>> Put a tarball of your repository on a web/ftp site, and email me the URL,
>> I'll get a dumpfile back to you in the same way.
>
> This is a private reply (I didn't want to broadcast my URL).
>
> I'd appreciate you're looking at my repository, if only to help me
> (and the subversion team?) understand why I'm having these troubles.
> The repository tree is at XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
>
> If you can look at this and at least tell me why I can't open/dump it,
> I'd appreciate it.

It's definitely the case that your installed subversion is dodgy.

With the subversion I have installed here, (svn 1.1.1, compiled against db
4.2, platform=Cygwin), "svnadmin recover" ran for 3 seconds, after which I
was able to access the repository with no problems.

Max.

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