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RE: error on checkout

From: Mitch Christow <christow_at_bc.edu>
Date: 2005-11-10 19:48:25 CET

Hi Ryan,

Thanks for the input. I think I found the problem. So far everything that I
have looked at was a bust. There was no problem with the NTFS file system,
there was also no issue with case sensitivity. I could also access the
repository on this WinXP machine from another Win 2K PC and checkout without
issues. I was not able to perform any checkouts to this WinXP computer, even
from repos on the Internet or present on my LAN. Then I noticed something
funny. It seems that the Windows version of Stuffit Deluxe had something to
do with it. I noticed that there was a process for Stuffit running at all
times (as verified by the tray icon for the stuffit program). It seems to
attempt to intercept file access in order to see whether they are archives
of some sort that stuffit can act upon (just a thought), since I have
noticed a few times that Stuffit came to life all by itself when I
downloaded zip files etc. Because of that behavior I decided to uninstall
Stuffit and after I rebooted, I was able to checkout files from any
repository without any issues. Now I have not tried to reinstall Stuffit to
see if I can confirm that behavior, but I am pretty certain that Stuffit had
something to do with it. Now that I have access to my repository again, I
can actually do my real work. Thanks again for your help.


-----Original Message-----
From: Ryan Schmidt [mailto:subversion-2005@ryandesign.com]
Sent: Thursday, November 10, 2005 12:12 PM
To: christow@bc.edu
Cc: users@subversion.tigris.org
Subject: Re: error on checkout

On Nov 10, 2005, at 16:58, Mitch Christow wrote:
> 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 already
> 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.
Right up to the point where you said it worked on the Windows 2000
computer I was going to suggest a filename case collision. If the
checkout on the Windows 2000 computer was to a filesystem that is
case sensitive, then that's still a possibility. The error message
doesn't entirely match what I've seen before, though..... in the
past, case collisions have shown an error message that a particular
repository file could not be moved, never the entries file.

Could it be that you have a weird filesystem on your Windows XP
computer? Can you try checking out to a different filesystem on that

Could it be that you have a virus scanner of some kind that's
constantly scanning for newly-created files? I've heard of this now
and again on the list. Turn off the virus scanner and see if it works
then. If so, your scanner is unfriendly.

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