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Error on checkout, update, etc. SVN complains that entries file already exists

From: Mitch Christow <mitch_at_christow.org>
Date: 2005-11-09 22:48:54 CET

Hi there,


I have recently installed subversion on a windows XP (SP2) computer and use
the software in local mode, meaning the repository is on the local file
system. Recently I erased my entire working directory and attempted to
perform a clean checkout. I received the following error message:


Error: Can't move 'C:\Projects\SJM\.svn\tmp\entries' to

Error: 'C:\Projects\SJM\.svn\entries': Cannot create a file when that file

Error: exists.


After the error occurs the SJM folder only contains the .svn folder (and
subfolder) and nothing else. I looked through the mailing list archives,
FAQ's, documentation, etc. I also googled several key words of this in
Groups and the Web, but I could not find any references to this error
message. I then tried a few different approaches, such as:


Erased the .svn folder within the project folder and attempted another
checkout - same error

Attempted checkout from repository into completely different folder (newly
created) - same error

Copied the repository and attempted checkout from copied repository into yet
another new folder - same error

Upgraded tortoiseSVN to the latest version (from 1.2.5 to 1.2.6 Build 4786)
and attempted a checkout from the repository to a new folder - same error

Executed the checkout from the command line to a new working directory -
same error


I can browse the repository with the 'Repo-browser' just fine and I also
copied the repository to a Windows 2000 computer and attempted a checkout
and that actually worked. So I am sure that the repository itself is fine. I
don't think that it is related to Tortoise SVN since I get the same error
from the command line. If anyone has any other ideas as to how to solve this
problem I would be eternally grateful.




Received on Wed Nov 9 22:58:22 2005

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