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"Malformed XML" (l10n?) problems on checkout

From: Charles Bailey <bailey_at_newman.upenn.edu>
Date: 2005-02-15 22:31:57 CET

I've recently started using svn (1.1.3 built under Mac OS X 10.3), and in
early testing have tripped over a problem this error:

svn: Malformed XML: not well-formed (invalid token) at line 5988

Here're the details:

0. Repository created with "svnadmin create"; no mods other than permissions
1. Populated from client machine (with a bunch of prefs files) using
      svn import <path> svn+ssh://<server>/<rpath>
   with LANG and LC_CTYPE set to "en_US.UFT-8" on both machines (without
   I see "can't recode" errors); this succeeds without complaint
2. Attempt to retrieve files back to client using
      svn co svn+ssh://<server>/<rpath> <new-local-root>
   grinds away for a while, then falls over with
      A <new-local-root>/Library/Preferences/Deneba/User Dictionary
      A <new-local-root>/Library/Preferences/Deneba/CVULg.set
      A <new-local-root>/Library/Preferences/Deneba/CVAppData.set
      svn: Malformed XML: not well-formed (invalid token) at line 5988
3. If I cd down into .../Deneba and run "svn cleanup", it succeeds, but
trying to
   cleanup .../Preferences yields
      svn: In directory ''
      svn: Can't copy '.svn/tmp/text-base/TrueType Font Editor
Prefs.svn-base' \
      to 'TrueType Font Editor Prefs.4.tmp': No such file or directory

Since Googling for the "Malformed XML" error yields some mention of Unicode
issues, and I'd stumbled over svn's requirement for custom LANG/LC_CTYPE
settings above, I wondered whether this was also a Unicode-related problem.
There are a couple files in the repository with non-ASCII characters in
their names, but none of them are close (in collating sequence) to the last
files checked out, and a scan of the .../Preferences/.svn/log* doesn't turn
up any problems with these files. FWIW, "svn list
svn+ssh://<server>/<rpath>" also works fine.

If this is pure thick-headedness on my part, pointers to TFM/TFMLA happily
accepted. If not, I'd appreciate any hints as to where I might best look
next. I'm willing to give the current HEAD version a try, too, if
Knowledgeable Folks think the issue's likely been fixed already.


Charles Bailey  < bailey _at_ newman _dot_ upenn _dot_ edu >
Newman Center at the University of Pennsylvania
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