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Spurious "PROPFIND request failed - could not connect to server "

From: Stefan Hoffmeister <stefan.hoffmeister_at_arcor.de>
Date: 2005-10-05 13:51:17 CEST


I am running a copy of the vss2svn script against Subversion 1.2.3 (and associated 1.2.3 Perl SWIG bindings). This works just nicely most of the time, but every single time I start a "huge" conversion job, I get the odd, spurious error message:

RA layer request failed:
  PROPFIND request failed on '/svn/test_repo/vssimport':

  PROPFIND of '/svn/test_repo/vssimport': could not connect to server (http://localhost:8080)

at C:\vss2svn.pl line 1509

This just happend again after about 1300 successful commits on this very repository.

This error message is not tied to a specific file or directory that is being worked on - it happens, and I can vss2svn.pl --restart the whole process just without having to do anything else.

This worries me - any thoughts? Is there any way to retry the operation

        $SVNClient->revprop_set('svn:date', $encDate, $gCfg{svnrepo}, $propRev, 0);

for a (configurable) number of times, so that this does not fail?

Some insights into my setup:

* Subversion 1.2.3 via Apache 2.0.54 on Windows XP SP2; Apache tuning is out of the box
* McAfee on-demand file access virus scanning active (my hands are tied)
* Slowish laptop harddisk, plenty of disk space left, 768 MB of system memory
* vss2svn.pl script on ActivePerl 5.8, using Subversion 1.2.3 SWIG bindings
* VSS repository on local disk, Apache running either as a console application or a Windows service on localhost:8080
* Apache authenticating access to Subversion repository via mod_auth_sspi 1.0.3 against Microsoft Active Directory

I don't get any entries in the Apache error log or the Apache access log indicating any failures or issues or whatever.

Thanks very much for any insights or suggestions in advance

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Received on Wed Oct 5 13:55:17 2005

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