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Repository files appearing in repository?

From: Monks, Peter <peter.monks_at_vignette.com>
Date: 2004-12-21 18:44:31 CET

G'day everyone,
I've now seen some strange behaviour twice (in two different SVN
repositories), and was wondering whether anyone else had seen it or
whether it was just me?

What happens is that at seemingly random times we seem to be ending up
with the raw repository files *in* our repository somewhere (ie. down
in one of the directories in our repository).

So for example, this morning I did an update of one of my working
copies and in a directory something like "com/acme/widgets/whatsit"
appeared the following files and folders:
* README.txt
* format
* conf
* dav
* db (with subdirectories)
* hooks
* locks

"svn delete"ing these files and folders and committing the delete
seems to fix the problem, but I have to admit that it's pretty

Initially I thought that perhaps this was user error (ie. someone
accidentally checking in the SVN repository files), but on reflection
I realised that this is highly unlikely, since our developers don't
have access to the servers where the SVN repository files are stored.

Another interesting tidbit is that the two repositories I've seen this
occur on were quite different. The first is a BDB based repository
hosted on SVN 1.0.5 running on a Solaris machine (binaries were
obtained from sunfreeware.com), while the second is an FSFS based
repository hosted in SVN 1.1.1 running on a Windows 2000 machine
(binaries were obtained from subversion.tigris.org).

Peter Monks http://www.sydneyclimbing.com/
pmonks_at_sydneyclimbing.com http://www.geocities.com/yosemite/4455/

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